For a couple who is having difficulty conceiving, every day without a fertilized egg is a struggle. However, just because a couple has been trying for a few months with no luck, doesn’t mean that an infertility evaluation is necessary. Certain factors stand out as reasons to contact a Melbourne fertility clinic like Viera Fertility to aid in the conception process.
Having Been Trying to Conceive for Over a Year
Generally, you’re considered to have a fertility issue if you’ve tried to conceive for over a year and are under 35. Statistics reveal that 85 percent of women who have unprotected sex, even sometimes, will become pregnant within one year. Specifically, a woman will get pregnant when she has unprotected sex on the days she ovulates. Therefore, if you’re not getting pregnant after a year, it could mean that you have a fertility problem and could benefit from a comprehensive infertility evaluation.
Having Been Trying to Conceive for Six Months and Are Over 35
Becoming pregnant when you’re over the age of 35 is more difficult than when you’re under 35. First and foremost, you have fewer eggs once you reach this age. The eggs that you have are more likely to have chromosomal abnormalities as well. Additionally, as you age, you’re more at risk for fertility issues like endometriosis.
Had Three or More Miscarriages
A high number of pregnancies end in a miscarriage before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. One in eight pregnancies tends to end up in a miscarriage. While miscarriages are common, it’s uncommon for a woman to experience more than three in a row. Therefore, if you’ve had multiple miscarriages, a fertility counselor will be able to determine the cause.
Have Irregular Menstrual Cycles
On average, a woman menstruates every 28 to 35 days, although slightly longer or shorter cycles can be normal. However, if you have incredibly longer or shorter cycles, you may not be ovulating regularly. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), for example, could be the culprit. It’s a hormonal disorder that causes a woman to have prolonged or infrequent menstrual cycles. Sometimes, a woman with this condition has higher levels of androgen (male hormone) than normal. The ovaries may fail to release an egg.
A fertility specialist may also assist if you have heavy menstrual cycles since it’s a sign of endometriosis — a condition that occurs when the endometrium grows outside the uterus. It’s known to cause infertility.
If you have diabetes, it’s not just a metabolic disorder. Diabetes also affects a variety of aspects of your overall health, including your risk for autoimmune disease that can play a role in fertility. Additionally, diabetes heightens your risk of PCOS. You’re also more likely to be underweight or overweight if you have diabetes, which either one can decrease your fertility.
Have an Autoimmune Disorder
You’re more likely to experience problems conceiving if you have an autoimmune disorder, such as lupus, scleroderma, or rheumatoid arthritis. In people without immune problems, the immune system usually protects an embryo. On the other hand, with an immune disorder, your immune system mistakes the embryo for an invader. Therefore, you’re more likely to experience recurring miscarriages if you have an autoimmune disorder. At the evaluation, your doctor can determine a course of action specifically for your condition.
Additionally, an autoimmune disorder may decrease your ovarian reserve, which is the number of eggs in your ovaries. You could experience menopause early. Fortunately, you can opt for IVF in Melbourne, even after menopause.
Have a History of STDs
If you or your partner have a history of STDs, particularly chlamydia or gonorrhea, you could benefit from an infertility evaluation. A specialist can run diagnostics to determine if the infection caused damage to your fallopian tubes or uterus. When these infections cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), you could experience scarring or blockage of your fallopian tubes.
Men, on the other hand, could experience infertility as a result of gonorrhea. This infection can lead to PID and affect sperm health.
Contact Viera Fertility Center
When you have risk factors or have been trying for quite some time, you should seek out the assistance of a fertility clinic in Melbourne. We offer evaluations to get to the root of your infertility. Plus, we treat both men and women. Take the next step to try to conceive by contacting Viera Fertility today for an appointment.