Should you talk with your doctor about your fertility options?
Getting pregnant isn’t always easy. In fact, approximately 6.1 million US women between the ages of 15-44 have trouble getting or staying pregnant, according to the CDC. Bala Women’s Health is dedicated to helping couples living in and around Bala Cynwyd, PA, get the fertility treatment they need to make pregnancy a possibility. Here’s what to expect when you visit our OBGYN Dr. Helene Koch for a fertility evaluation.
First, it’s important to know when it’s time to get fertility help
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, if a couple hasn’t been successful with getting pregnant after one year of unprotected sex then it’s time to consult a fertility specialist. Of course, women over age 35 should see our Bala Cynwyd, PA, gynecologist after only six months of trying to conceive.
Age isn’t the only factor that should determine just how soon you seek help. If you or your partner have risk factors or experience infertility symptoms, or if you have certain conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis it’s important that you see an OBGYN right away.
Women who’ve experienced two miscarriages in a row should also speak with a fertility specialist. While miscarriages are common, repeat miscarriages could mean that there is a problem.
What is involved in a fertility evaluation?
Unless you or your partner already has a history of infertility, the first person you should talk with about your fertility options is a gynecologist. Dr. Koch has worked with many women who have had trouble conceiving. During your evaluation we will go through your medical history, ask questions about your health and perform a pelvic exam to check the health of the ovaries and cervix.
If the case is simple then our gynecologist can often provide you with the treatment you need. We can run basic fertility tests such as hormone testing, which involves a simple blood test to check hormone levels (e.g. follicle-stimulating hormone).
Are you having trouble conceiving? Want to schedule a preconception consultation with our gynecologist in Bala Cynwyd, PA, so you know what to expect from the process? If so, call Bala Women’s Health today.