People are far more open about the once-taboo topic of infertility. This can be attributed to the ever-growing conversation around it, especially because more couples are waiting to have children. When you first embark on your fertility journey, the first step is to get tested. But when should couples get tested to find out if infertility is, in fact, what’s causing them to have a hard time conceiving and giving birth? Here is what our North Houston IVF specialists recommend.
Fertility tests can be conducted in a number of ways, and they help doctors determine whether a couple is facing infertility, what is causing it, and what are the best options for them going forward.
When Should I Get Fertility Tests Done?
We understand how frustrating it may be to not get pregnant soon, but keep in mind it can take up to a year to finally get pregnant. If you and your partner have attempted to get pregnant for over a year with no results, then it may be time for both of you to get tested so you can better understand what’s going on.
If you are a woman over 35 and have had no success getting pregnant for 6 months, then you may consider infertility testing as well.
How Do Fertility Tests Work?
A fertility test starts out with your doctor asking you and your partner about your medical and sexual histories and then completing a physical. Following this, the doctor may test a woman’s eggs, uterus, and fallopian tubes with a pelvic exam and ultrasound.
For men, their sperm and semen may be evaluated through a semen analysis, which will give the doctor insight on sperm count, sperm quality/shape/size, sperm speed, and the amount of seminal fluid.
Finding the answer as to why a couple is facing infertility may take time. In the event that the answer isn’t found with these exams, there are additional exams that may be administered. Our fertility specialists in Kingwood and The Woodlands want to assure you that there is no need to get discouraged. Infertility is complex, but there are ways for us to help you mitigate it and we fully intend on supporting you the entire time.
Once I Learn Why I’m Infertile, What’s Next?
The type of fertility treatment plan we recommend to you will depend on the test results. We may recommend In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), or other, less common (but still effective) treatments.
HART Fertility in North Houston Is Committed to Helping Infertile Couples
Whether you are in or near Kingwood or The Woodlands, our North Houston fertility clinic is committed to helping you and your partner conceive and give birth to a healthy baby. If you would like to pursue fertility treatment, then please request an appointment with our IVF specialists. We will work with you to determine which fertility methods may work best for you and your partner.