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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.

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