- Nutritional deficits from a poor diet
- Athletic over-training
- Excessive alcohol
- Hormonal imbalances
- Weight – either over or underweight
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
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According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), approximately 10 percent or 6.1 million women in the U.S. between the ages of 15-44 have fertility problems or cannot maintain a pregnancy.
- Record her daily morning temperature for several months to see if there are obvious changes
- Record the texture of her cervical mucus
- Use a home ovulation testing kit
- Likely have blood tests and ultrasound of the ovaries
For women over the age of 35, the couple should see a doctor after six months of trying to conceive. Of those younger than 35, the couple should seek medical assistance after one year.
Not being able to conceive easily can cause a host of emotional reactions, depression being one of them. Although these feelings are normal, they should not be ignored. You should discuss the benefits of psychological counseling with your doctor who will also be able to suggest a source of mental health treatments. Counseling can teach you how to cope with your different emotions.
As a woman ages, she produces less eggs, the eggs may not be healthy, her ovaries become less capable of releasing eggs, and she is statistically more likely to have a health problem that could cause some difficulty in conceiving.
There really isn’t a magic number for how many fertility treatments you may need. Each couple is different. Most couples do require multiple treatment cycles but the outcome is never the same for all couples. The best way for you to prepare your psyche is to understand that becoming pregnant using fertility treatments takes an unspecified amount of time. Stay positive and have patience.
- 42 percent in women under 35
- 32 percent in women between the ages of 35-37
- 22 percent in women between the ages of 38-40
- 12 percent in women between the ages of 31-42
- 5 percent in women between the ages of 43-44
There is no proven correlation between the amount of times you try to get pregnant using fertility drugs and ovarian cancer.
Some OTC medications can adversely affect your fertility treatment. Always ask your fertility healthcare provider what you can and cannot take. In addition, there are certain drugs that both men and women need to avoid taking before trying to conceive including some herbal supplements, ulcer medications, antidepressants, sulfasalazine, anti-hypertensives, anabolic steroids, antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, ibuprofen, and testosterone therapy. Again, consult with your physician for additional details.
With certain kinds of treatments, it is best not to exercise within several days after starting fertility medications. This is due to the fact the ovaries can enlarge with maturing eggs and it is important that the womb not twist and cut off any blood supply. This could result in a medical emergency. Always check with your fertility specialist before exercising after receiving any type of fertility treatment.
As a rule, the answer is “yes,” after the first trimester. Until then, it is important to steer clear of exposure to any chemicals for several months that could adversely affect the developing embryo.
Usually, patients take their fertility medications once a day at night. However, your physician and your pharmacist will inform you of your specific drug regimen. If they don’t, ASK!
If you forget to take a dose of your fertility medication, call your doctor and ask what, if any action you need to take. Normally, missing one dose will not cause any problems but it does depend on the type of medication(s) you are taking.
Having intercourse during a fertility treatment depends on the type of treatment you are receiving. This is usually not a problem if you are in an insemination cycle. However, if it is an IVF cycle, you should not have intercourse starting four days before egg retrieval. Consult with your physician for further instructions.
If you start to spot once you are pregnant, call your physician immediately. Although it is not unusual to spot during the first part of pregnancy, your doctor will tell you what if anything you need to do.
If you think you may be pregnant and have a period, seeking medical care is a good idea. It could be you are having a miscarriage, or it may be an infection or hormonal imbalance. Your physician can help you sort out what to do.
There are minimal risks and studies have shown that some women who have acupuncture three to four months before insemination, in vitro fertilization, or donor-egg transfer do have successful outcomes. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor and be certain the acupuncturist is licensed. It’s also important to find an acupuncturist with experience in helping women conceive.
Whether your health insurance will cover the cost of fertility treatments depends on what kind of coverage you have. To find the answer to this question, call your insurance company to see if you have these infertility benefits.
If you are experiencing moderate to severe emotional problems relating to your inability to conceive, you may need psychological counseling. However, you may just need a support group. These support groups can be found on the Internet. Check out several and see which one(s) seems to fit your emotional needs the best.