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When Should You Consider Fertility Treatments?

As pleasant as the process of trying to conceive a baby can be, when thereís no resulting pregnancy month after month, it can become very frustrating and depressing for couples. If youíve been trying to conceive without success, it may be time to consider fertility treatments.

The answer to the question of when to consider fertility treatments is two-fold. The first thing to consider is the woman's age. A woman's fertility peaks in her early 20s and declines as she moves into her 30s. In addition, a woman in her 20s has many more opportunities to conceive than a woman in her late 30s or early 40s. The general rule of thumb is that if youíre under 30 and havenít conceived within one year of actively trying, itís time to check with your doctor. If youíre over age 30, and you havenít conceived within six months of actively trying, itís time to make the call.

The second thing you must consider is the health of the mother-to-be, particularly if she has conditions that are known to affect the ability to conceive. These include irregular periods, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), amenorrhea, and fibroids. If you have any known or suspected fertility issues, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Men are generally fertile throughout their lives; however, if the father-to-be has any issues that are known to affect his fertility, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. These issues could include a variocele, prostate gland abnormalities, or unusually small or soft testicles.

The other key here is ďactively trying to conceive.Ē One of the first things your doctor will need to know is whether or not ovulation is taking place, and whether or not you are having sexual intercourse that culminates in male ejaculation inside the woman's vagina during the period of her fertility. The window of fertility every month for a woman is small Ė only a few days at most. Sexual intercourse should be timed to coincide with that window of opportunity.

To determine when youíre fertile, you can buy an ovulation prediction kits or chart your basal body temperature. Ovulation prediction kits are available for purchase without a prescription, as are basal body thermometers. In addition, there are a number of online websites that will help you track your temperature changes and understand what the changes mean in terms of when youíre fertile.

If youíve been unable to conceive after trying on your own for the appropriate period of time, itís time for a visit to your doctor. Both partners should be evaluated for health conditions that could interfere with fertility to determine whether or not, in fact, both partners are fertile, as the difficulty could be with one partner or both. Sometimes all thatís required is for the couple to keep trying for an additional period of time. However, sometimes itís necessary to augment the natural process with medical assistance.

Whatever path you decide to choose, the first step is a thorough evaluation of your fertility, which can only be accomplished by a doctor. Donít be embarrassed about going in for this check up Ė it may be a simple matter to resolve the issues youíre having. Before you know it, you could be on your way to the family of your dreams.

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