Worried that You might be Infertile? Read about its Diagnosis
A study shows that around 84% of couples have regular (every 2 to 3 days) unprotected sexual intercourse every year. But if you have not conceived after a year of trying, then it’s probably the time that you should visit your general practitioner.
Other reasons to visit your general practitioner sooner:
- If you have some health reasons which lead you to be concerned about your infertility. One good example is that you have had undergone treatment for cancer
- If you’re a woman aging from 36 and over.
Fertility testing and investigation can take a long time to process and women who are getting older are also decreasing their fertility rate. Make sure that you set an appointment as soon as you can or even before you begin to plan of having a child. This will also allow your general practitioner to advice on what you should do next and have an initial assessment regarding the cause of your infertility.
For partners, it would be ideal that both of them will visit their general practitioner to test their fertility. The reason for this is that not only women can become infertile but men as well. This will help determine at an early stage if neither of you are infertile or not. Also, each partner should understand that the process of trying to conceive can be an emotional one so it’s important that you support each other.
Medical, Social and Sexual History
During your visit, you general practitioner will usually ask you questions with regards to your medical, social and sexual history. The reason for this is that these are great factors that can cause infertility.
Age – For women, fertility declines as they age. This is something which your general practitioner can discuss to you about.
Children – For women, your general practitioner will also ask you with regards to any complications during your previous pregnancies. In addition, your general practitioner will also ask if you have any miscarriages as well.
As for men, your general practitioner will ask if you have any children from your past relationships.
Length of time trying to conceive – Your general practitioner will ask how many times you have both been trying to conceive. These are the studies that shows couples who have regular unprotected sex conceives:
- Age 19-26 – 92% will conceive after a year while 98% will conceive after two years.
- Age 35-39 – 82% will conceive after a year while 82% will conceive after two years.
For young and healthy individuals, you will usually be advised to keep trying a little bit longer especially if you have not tried making a baby for a while.
Sex – Couples are usually asked how often they have sex and if they have difficulties in doing it. It is also normal to be embarrassed when your general practitioner asks you about this but you should be open and honest with your answer since this process is important. If ever the outcome of your test is due to lack of sex, then this problem about trying to conceive can be overcome immediately.
Medical history – If you have any current or past medical conditions, it can also be a factor for infertility. For women, you will be asked about how often your period occurs and if you experience any bleeding during or after sex.
Medication – There are some medications whose side effects can cause infertility. Your general practitioner will take a look at the medications that you’re taking and may advise you to take an alternative. You might as well mention any non-prescription medications like herbal medicines because this too can be the cause of infertility.