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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Answered!

If you are younger than 35 years old and have been trying for more than one year you should schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist. If you are older than 35 years and have been trying for atleast six months without success then I would recommend scheduling your appointment with the doctor or fertility specialist as soon as you can. If you have a reason to suspect you may have a problem getting pregnant such as a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, painful periods, miscarriage, irregular menstrual cycles, or if your partner has a low sperm count, you should seek help sooner.

Going to see a fertility specialist may help a couple figure out why they’re not conceiving. Women see a reproductive endocrinologist and men see a urologist who specializes in fertility. In some cases there may not be an obvious reason why a couple can’t conceive. This is known as unexplained infertility. Fertility treatments can often help these couples with unexplained infertility.

Trust is extremely important as you make complicated decisions that involve your health, your family and some money. Make sure you know the experience and credentials of the doctor who will be treating you. To find out if a doctor is a board-certified OB-GYN, reproductive endocrinologist, or urologist.

The most fertile time of a woman’s cycle is just before or on the day of ovulation. Ovulation usually occurs two weeks before a period starts.Take the number of days in the usual cycle and subtract 14. For example, a woman with a 32-day cycle would likely ovulate around day 18 (32-14=18), while a woman with a 28-day cycle would ovulate around day 14 (28-14=14). I would recommend every other day intercourse around the day of ovulation.

I am still trying to figure this one out myself. However I can say with much research that there’s no evidence that certain lovemaking positions, such as having a pillow under your bottom to tilt your uterus or keeping your legs in the air afterwards, can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Sperm can swim fast enough without the help of gravity and in the right environment, the strongest sperm can swim through the cervix and into the womb in around two minutes. The most important thing is the frequency and timing of intercourse.

In infertility treatment, there are honest differences of opinion and philosophy among doctors. Many infertility experts encourage their patients to seek a second medical opinion before making major decisions. A second opinion may be helpful when considering a new approach, or when re-evaluating whether to continue care.

In infertile couples where women have blocked or absent fallopian tubes, or where men have low sperm counts, IVF offers a chance at parenthood to couples who until recently would have had no hope of having a “biologically related” child.
Like other extremely delicate medical procedures, IVF involves highly trained professionals with sophisticated laboratories and equipment, and the cycle may need to be repeated 1-3 times. So, yes it is expensive, however getting it done in South Africa is much cheaper than overseas.
A woman’s age is a very important factor. The closer a woman is to 40, the less the chances are of getting pregnant. For women over 40, the chances are very low.
Approximately 40% of infertility cases are attributable to male factors, and 40% to factors that affect women. In about 10% of cases, infertility is caused by a combination of factors in both partners. Approximately 10% of couples are diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” because no specific cause can be identified.
A good indicator that you are ovulating is getting your menstrual cycle regularly. Counting as day one from the first day that you have a full flow of blood until the next day of full flow will tell you how many days are in your menstrual cycle. Generally having a cycle that is between 24-36 days is considered regular. Keeping track of your menstrual cycle is valuable as a part of your medical history if you do need to see a fertility specialist. Using an ovulation predictor kit can tell you more accurately whether you are ovulating or not.
Yes. High temperatures can damage sperm. That is why the scrotum is located outside the body – to act as a kind of “refrigerator” to keep the sperm cool. So, it is a good idea for the male partner to avoid hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms or even putting the laptop on the lap while you are trying to conceive.
Not all medical aids. We advise you ask your provider.
Two treatment options are available: a tubal reversal, which is a surgical procedure to reconnect the fallopian tubes, or in vitro fertilization. With either process, initial testing is required in order to determine which treatment is appropriate.
In intrauterine insemination (IUI), is when a health professional places specially prepared semen into a woman’s uterus near the time she is ovulating. IUI can be used to bypass a problem preventing sperm from reaching an egg – for example, if the sperm do not get through the cervix into the uterus. In other cases, there is no known barrier to the passage of sperm, but IUI is suggested in an attempt to increase the odds of conception.
In general, birth defects are thought to be no more common in infants born following infertility treatment than among those conceived without it.
However well-intentioned, the statement “just relax and you’ll get pregnant” has been very hurtful to couples with infertility. Nowadays infertility is better understood, and stress is recognized primarily as a result, rather than a cause, of fertility problems. Yes, there is evidence that stress can have a negative impact on sperm and egg production.
In many cases difficulty in becoming pregnant can be resolved by a gynecologist without a referral to a specialist. Often the problem comes down to sometimes tricky timing of intercourse with ovulation, which may be resolved by using one of the over-the-counter urine ovulation predictor tests. Your OB/GYN can also conduct a basic infertility evaluation. If a problem is found during your evaluation and for more complex fertility issues, it is advised to see a fertility specialist.

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