What to do When Having Trouble Conceiving
Having trouble getting pregnant?
Trying to conceive is an issue many couples have to go through. A number of them have trouble conceiving due to female infertility problems, male infertility problems or other contributing factors. In the case you have had unprotected sex for more than a year without conceiving, you might need to see your doctor. 65% of all couples who get treatment for fertility problems have been successful in conceiving.
Trying to conceive can be difficult and heartbreaking for some couples. Follow these steps to address such a situation:
Make an appointment with your OB/GYN
Sometimes the best decision is to see your doctor. If you are under 35 and are having trouble trying to conceive for a year or you have had two or more miscarriages, visit your regular gynecologist before even visiting a fertility clinic.
Begin basic fertility testing
Fertility testing involves blood work for the woman and a semen analysis for the man. An HSG test, vaginal ultrasound or diagnostic laparoscopy can be involved in the testing. However, the tests may not lead to a diagnosis. 30% of all couples never find out why they can’t conceive.
Begin basic fertility treatment
The results of the fertility test determine whether some form of fertility treatment is necessary. For example, the doctor could prescribe fertility medication such as Clomid or Femara which is a breast cancer drug that increases estrogen levels. Metformin, an insulin-sensitizing drug can also be used in treating infertility.
In case the tests reveal structural abnormalities, surgical treatment may be suggested. You may also be referred to a reproductive surgeon or specialist.
Certain lifestyle changes can also help increase your chances of getting treatment as you go through treatment. Check out this post about 7 IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MAKE BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT.
Graduate to a fertility clinic
Where basic fertility treatment isn’t successful or your test results go beyond the scope of your gynecologist, a fertility specialist or clinic is the next stop. Research on the best fertility care you can receive within your financial limits because most insurances do not cover fertility treatment.
More fertility tests
The fertility clinic may want to perform further tests even if your gynecologist performed them.
Create a plan of action
The repeated tests from the fertility doctor will produce some results from which the doctor will recommend a treatment plan. Trying to conceive through fertility clinics can be expensive so it is important that you meet with the clinic’s financial advisor to come up with an actionable plan.
Begin fertility plans
Infertility treatments can be simple or complicated. For instance, endometriosis will require surgery to remove the endometrial deposits followed by IVF treatment.
Reevaluate treatment plans when unsuccessful
Succeeding in conception can require more than just one round of fertility treatment. Fortunately, one failed cycle does not mean that treatment will never work. You just need to try a new treatment.
Plan for a healthy pregnancy
After successful treatment and you are pregnant, continue to monitor your pregnancy.
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Trying to conceive can take a toll on your emotional stamina but it is not the end of the world. You should pay attention to your stress level while trying to conceive and reduce it if necessary. You can find more information about HOW STRESS RELATES TO GETTING PREGNANT here. When it gets too much, find a counselor for therapy. Be patient and open to the outcome.