If you’ve been having regular, unprotected sex for six months to a year and have seen no signs of pregnancy or have not been able to carry to term, it’s probably time to see a fertility expert to diagnose potential underlying problems. Whether you’ve noticed any symptoms or not, many factors play a part in determining whether you will be able to fall pregnant – which includes your age and lifestyle, as well as any underlying health problems you or your partner may have.
If you are in the process of trying to fall pregnant the natural way, here are some things you should keep an eye out for. Although they could be a result of other health problems, they may also be a symptom of a disease related to infertility.
- Abnormal periods – during which bleeding is far heavier or far lighter than normal.
- Irregular periods – if the number of days between periods varies significantly each month.
- No periods – if your period suddenly stops or you have never had one.
- Excessive pain – periods that cause abnormal back, pelvic and stomach cramping.
Other changes in your body could be because of hormone problems and these include changes to your skin, a change in sex drive, excessive hair growth in areas like the chest and chin, loss of hair or thinning hair and weight gain. In addition, if you feel excessive amounts of pain during sex, it is also worth seeing a specialist so that any issues can immediately be diagnosed.
Although there are far more visible signs in women than men when it comes to infertility – there are a few things that men should look out for as well:
- Hair growth changes – if it grows more in one place than another, or thins easily.
- A lack of sex drive or sexual desire.
- Swelling or pain in the testicles.
- Erectile problems or issues with ejaculation.
Usually men will only find out whether there is a problem when actually trying to conceive, but if any of the above symptoms are present then it’s definitely time to visit a specialist and consider IVF treatment.
When visiting a fertility clinic you will be asked many questions about your medical history and symptoms, so ensure that you have the following information on hand:
- The names of all the medicine you take on a daily basis.
- How long you have been trying to conceive by having unprotected sex.
- A history of any previous reproductive treatments or issues.
- Any information pertaining to your sexusl history, including any STD’s.
- Whether you have had chemotherapy or any other treatments.
- How much you smoke, drink or take drugs.
- A history of any genetic disorders in your family.
Diagnosing infertility problems at an early stage can increase your chances of falling pregnant, so if you suspect that any of the following symptoms may be a problem, contact your local specialist today to find out more about IVF treatment. There are many clinics that actually offer a free consultation which I suggest you take.