It may be nerve-racking to book a fertility assessment, but it is best to get an opinion sooner rather than later – waiting too long to see a fertility specialist could reduce your chances of a successful pregnancy.
If you are concerned about your fertility, don’t wait – see a fertility specialist as soon as possible.
If you see a fertility specialist it does not mean you automatically need IVF. I specialise in a number of different fertility treatments, including IVF, non-IVF treatments and fertility optimisation surgery. At your consultation, I’ll assess your chances of becoming pregnant and discuss with you how your fertility could be optimised to ensure you become pregnant in a timely manner.
Who should see a fertility specialist?
People may need to see a fertility specialist for a wide variety of reasons. This depends on your age, existing health conditions and how long you’ve been trying to get pregnant. If any of the following apply to you and/or your partner, you should definitely see me for assessment:
- Female partner younger than 35 and no pregnancy in 12 months
- Female partner older than 35 and no pregnancy in 6 months
- Infrequent or irregular menstrual periods
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Very painful periods
- Gynaecological problems such as endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease or polyps
- Inability to have sex due to pain or erectile difficulties
- Abnormal sperm count
- Same sex couples who need donor sperm
- Same sex couples who have a sperm donor, but want donor screening or intrauterine insemination
- Single women who need donor sperm or want egg freezing
- Women who need urgent fertility preservation (ovarian tissue freezing or egg freezing) prior to chemotherapy for cancer
- Men who need urgent fertility preservation by freezing sperm prior to chemotherapy for cancer
- Family history of a genetic disease that you don’t want passed on to your children
- Women who want donor egg treatment overseas
- Multiple miscarriages.