1 in 6 couples nowadays experience some form of infertility. It is more common than you think, but thank god for science and its advances. There are plenty of fertility treatments covering both female and male fertility issues, and Greece takes pride in having some top-notch clinics, highly-skilled doctors, low prices and good legislation for all. But let’s take a step back. How do you know it is actually time to see a fertility doctor? After how many months and how many tries? A fertility specialist or an ob/gyn? Many questions that cause extra stress, but thankfully they can all be answered!
The general guidelines state that if you are under 35 years old and you have been actively trying to conceive for more than 12 months then it’s time to visit a fertility specialist. If you are over 35 the time window decreases to 6 months, and that’s because the fertility levels are dropping as we get older. Aging affects egg quantity as well as egg quality, and that decline makes the chance of miscarriage higher in older women.
Difference between ob/gyn and fertility specialist: A fertility doctor can diagnose both female and male fertility issues and proceed to fertility treatments if needed while the OB/GYNs focus on the general reproductive health. So, at the beginning of your fertility journey it is nice to have an ob/gyn explain the basics, but if you struggle with fertility issues a visit to a fertility doctor is mandatory.
There are some warning signs and conditions that if present you should definitely consult a doctor to plan your next steps.
There are also other life conditions in a woman’s or man’s life that can affect fertility levels and should be considered in advance.
Miscarriages: Miscarriage happens when the pregnancy ends within the first 20 weeks. Most common reason is because the egg or sperm had the wrong number of chromosomes so the fertilized egg can’t develop normally. Miscarriage can also be caused by early development problems: the egg doesn’t implant properly in the uterus or has structural defects. If you have had two or more miscarriages, you should consider working with a specialist to monitor your health while you are trying to conceive. If there is a larger condition causing these miscarriages, you should be aware of it.
Irregular periods: There are cases of heavy bleeding or no bleeding at all which indicate different fertility issues and treatment.
Male erection problems: There are doctors specialized in male fertility issues, such as andrologists and urologists, that can determine the severity of each problem and suggest the most suitable treatment. We have to remind our male readers that infertility in men is common and not something they should feel guilty of. Common and treatable in most cases!
Generally there is no need to panic or put extra pressure on yourself when trying to conceive. Especially since stress and negative emotions can impact mental health which later affects the body and the fertility levels. If you are trying for months and feel there is a possibility of having fertility issues, contact your doctor and seek help. And if you have decided on proceeding with a fertility treatment, contact us and we can guide you through every step of the journey. With a network of highly successful doctors and clinics we provide a safe and smooth fertility journey. We are here to support you no matter the outcome, always according to your wants and needs.
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