Pregnancy 101: Know When to Consult a Fertility Specialist


Trying to get pregnant, but not sure if you should consult a fertility specialist? The reproductive endocrinologists at Dallas Fort Worth Fertility Associates specialize in paving the way to pregnancy. If you are ready to conceive, and would like to optimize your chances, following are suggestions to help you get started.

1. First, make sure your body is ready. If you are a smoker, quitting now will not only decrease your chances for infertility, it will also greatly improve the health of your unborn baby. Smoking affects both partners, and can affect sperm quality. If you are abusing alcohol or drugs, now is the time to get help.

2. Make an appointment with your obgyn to make sure all your vaccinations and tests are up to date, and to discuss risk factors and family history. Make sure to discuss all your over-the-counter and prescription drugs at this appointment.

3. There are many preconception diagnostic tests that could potentially prevent over 100 genetic diseases. After determining risk factors, one of our fertility doctors can help you make a plan to conceive a baby without the risk of passing down inheritable genetic disease. (Read more here on preimplantation genetic diagnosis PGD).

TTC? Know Your Fertile Window

Once the preliminaries are taken care of, you can focus on actually getting pregnant. Although women are bombarded with advice (often unsolicited), there are just a few medically sound facts you should know:

  • You can start trying to get pregnant immediately after discontinuing your current form of birth control. No waiting period needed.
  • Fertility peaks mid-cycle, but is different for every woman. An over the counter ovulation kit will help gauge your most fertile days.
  • You and your partner should have sex every other day during your “peak” fertile time.
  • Long-term daily intercourse, or long periods of abstinence, is not ideal; both can affect sperm count.

Wondering how long to keep trying to get pregnant naturally?

Here are some guidelines:

CaptureWomen under the age of 35 that have not become pregnant after 12 months should visit a fertility doctor. Women 35 or over should only wait 6 months.

Couples with a known, existing issue should consult a fertility specialist right away. Some causes for concern include either partner having a chronic medical condition or having had a previous STD.

Women who have experienced irregular cycles, abdominal or pelvic surgery should also waive the recommended waiting period for consulting a fertility specialist.

Most couples will not need to seek fertility treatment and will get pregnant on their own. If you suspect that male infertility or female infertility is delaying your plans, contact us at Dallas Fort Worth Fertility Associates.

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