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Fertility and Infertility Tests

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If you and your partner have been trying for a child but you’re not having any luck, you may be wondering if you have some fertility issues. This is a completely valid query and something that is important to get checked out. Fertility tests are the best way to find out if you are infertile and can assist you in understanding why. But, what are fertility and infertility tests and how do they work? Read on to find out.

How Do I Know if I’m Infertile?

The sure way to discover if you are infertile or not is to undertake a fertility test. There are many reasons why you may have some issues with fertility and often, the only way you are going to pinpoint these is by contacting your doctor and undertaking a fertility test.

When Should I Talk to My Doctor About Getting My Fertility Tested?

You can talk to your doctor as soon as you are having concerns. It is normal for it to sometimes take up to 12 months to become pregnant, so, if you have been trying to get pregnant for the last year or so and are not having any luck, it might be time to get in touch with your doctor to organise further testing. There are some doctors that suggest that women over the age of 35 should get in touch with doctors after 6 months of trying to become pregnant.

However, if you have concerns about your health and believe that there may be underlying health reasons why you are struggling to fall pregnant, then don’t wait a year. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner you will have your answers.

What Health Problems Can Impact My Fertility?

There are a number of underlying health issues that may impact your fertility and make it more difficult for you to become pregnant. These include:

 

  • Irregular periods
  • Thyroid problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Trauma to scrotum or testes
  • A history of miscarriages
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Issues ejaculating or getting an erection

How is Infertility Treated?

There are several types of fertility treatments that you can undergo, depending on your personal infertility problems. These treatments can involve just one person but at other times both individuals may be directly involved with the treatment.

Two of the Most Common Fertility Treatments:

  • In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Your doctor may also recommend a number of lifestyle changes, hormone therapy, surgical procedures or medicine in order to treat your infertility issues. At other times it may be recommended that you may need to consider utilising donor sperms or eggs. Your doctor will discuss these options with you after your initial testing to determine the best course of treatment.

Get in Touch Today

If you have any concerns about fertility or you suspect that you may be having fertility issues, we can help. Dr Niraja Rajeevan specialises in women’s health and will be able to assist you on your fertility journey. Give us a call today and have a chat with our team about booking an appointment with Dr Rajeevan.