Deciding on When to See a Fertility Doctor

Deciding when to see a fertility doctor is different for everyone.  But one of the main deciding factors is your age since that can impact your fertility — and sometimes earlier than you might think. Another factor is how long you are willing to wait to see if you can get pregnant on your own. For some, waiting too long to seek fertility help could mean running out of time.

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What are the factors that impact fertility in men and women? Dr. Patel, of Arizona Associates of Reproductive Health, explains that it can be everything from the timing of intercourse to lifestyle factors to disease or deficiencies in both men and women.

Trouble Getting Pregnant

The 6 — 12 Month Rule for Fertility

A good rule of thumb is that it is time to make an appointment with a fertility doctor if you are:

  • under 35 and you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year
  • over 35 and you’ve been trying to get pregnant for 6 months

If either of these is the case for you, keep in mind that fertility issues are common — and many are easy to treat or work around. But they must first be identified. And it’s always more effective to start addressing them sooner rather than later.

When to See a Fertility Doctor for Women

A fertility specialist — also known as a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) — focuses almost completely on infertility treatment. In fact, unlike OB/GYNS, they complete several additional years of training in diagnosing and treating fertility issues. As a result, your doctor can provide options for all kinds of conditions, including:

  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Ovulation problems
  • Repeated miscarriages
  • Abnormalities of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries

When to See a Fertility Doctor for Men

It’s important to remember that if a couple is having trouble conceiving, then both partners need to be evaluated. In fact, 30% of all problems conceiving are due to male factor infertility. Our Arizona fertility doctors treat common male issues — such as low sperm count or low motility —this can sometimes make all the difference.

One in eight couples have trouble conceiving.  Over time, the frustration can wear you down, allowing fear or depression to set in. But help is available. Modern medicine can make it possible for most people to have children, sometimes despite incredible odds. But to start that journey, they must take the first step. And it all starts with a single appointment at our Arizona fertility clinic. Call us today at 480-946-9900.