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Before You See the Fertility Doctor

7 Things You Should Know


Updated May 21, 2014

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When you want to get pregnant, you want to be pregnant now.  If not now, yesterday would be fine too.  The problem is that a certain portion of the population will have fertility problems.  If you are trying to conceive and have been actively trying without the use of birth control for 12 months or more, it is time to seek the help of a fertility doctor.  If you are over 35, you should only wait six month before getting help.  The Guide to Infertility has helped put together this great list of information!

Signs of Ovulation

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One of the first things that your fertility doctor will want to know is whether or not you are ovulating. The first step is several cycles worth of basal body temperature (BBT) charts. Since this can be a very inexpensive way of helping you get pregnant, it is certainly worth a try! It also puts you ahead of the game the moment you walk into the fertility specialists door.

Fertility Testing

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Once your fertility doctor has met with you and looked at your medical history, you will start to think about fertility testing. The basics of testing involve both the man and the woman. Though there are more fertility tests for women. This can cause both of you to wonder who is at fault for the infertility. Truthfully, about 1/3 is male, 1/3 is female and a 1/3 is either unknown or combination. The bigger issue is, other than fixing the problem, blame is a very bad game to play in infertility.

Semen Analysis

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The semen analysis (SA) is the basic test for male infertility. It is where the ejaculate is looked at, sperm is tested and counted. This is a simple and easy test to run. It should be the first test run in every fertility case. Though it is often the most dreaded because of the horror stories people share or because of how you build it up in your mind. The SA does not need to be an awful thing. Here are some tips!

Fertility Treatment Basics

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The basics of fertility treatments start with a diagnosis. Once you have that, or your determine you don't know a cause of the infertility, the treatment can begin. From the easier methods of simple medications to more complex issues, here is a look at your infertility treatment options:

Risks of Fertility Drug

Fertility drugs carry with them certain risks. These risks can be something like multiple pregnancy, which can make pregnancy more risky and difficult or even potential health problems for moms or babies.

Fertility Treatment Costs

The costs of fertility treatments can be daunting. There are ways to look at the costs and help make it more affordable. There are programs, payment plans and even scholarships. Here is more information:

When to Seek More Guidance

Seeking assistance in getting pregnant can be difficult. Beyond that the treatments can really wear on ever a wonderful relationship. Keeping the lines of communication open is hard but needed. Sometimes counseling can help you overcome issues, surrounding fertility in your relationship.

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