Couples are often surprised to learn that conception can take a longer period of time than expected. Perhaps you know someone who needed fertility testing or treatment, but you may still be surprised to learn just how many couples struggle to conceive.
According to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, one in eight couples will experience difficulty conceiving.
Fertility Evaluation & Treatment at PGOMG
At Pacific Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group (PGOMG), patients who are having trouble getting pregnant undergo a fertility evaluation, which reviews your and your partner’s medical history in order to determine if an issue is immediately present. Following this review, your PGOMG provider will run through diagnostic testing. If a fertility issue is present, your provider will discuss the treatment options available at PGOMG or whether a reproductive specialist is needed.
Many couples are likely to believe that a fertility issue will inherently stem from the female partner. Difficulty conceiving is actually equally attributed to men (1/3), women (1/3), and unexplained infertility issues (1/3). It is important to keep in mind that both partners may require fertility testing and/or treatment, depending on your diagnosis.
When to Visit PGOMG
Infertility is an issue that may make couples feel isolated, but this sense of isolation is simply untrue. Many couples seek treatment options that are available to help them achieve a pregnancy, either via fertility treatment or third-party reproduction. Doctors will usually recommend that women under the age of 35 visit their OBGYN or a fertility specialist after one year of being unable to conceive, and that women age 35 and older do the same after six months, in order to begin ruling out fertility issues.
Infertility can be especially difficult during the holiday season, where even well-meaning family and friends can ask questions and offer advice that isn’t sensitive to your situation. It is important to remember that you are not alone, that fertility support groups exist, and that your PGOMG provider can help you on this journey.