Recruit your team


You want to have a baby. Sometimes it takes a team effort. Infertility, defined as 12 months of unprotected sex without a resulting pregnancy affects as many as 10% of all couples.

You need to build your team. The first call should be to your primary care physician. Your regular doctor. She may be able to offer general advice but more importantly to review your health history. Have you had illnesses which would hamper your attempts? Do you suffer from recurrent conditions like anemia? Are there any hereditary disorders that should be considered?

Next stop: Ob/Gyn. These are actually two separate types of doctors but are usually come together in one person. The gynecologist is trained to treat conditions of the female reproductive organs. An obstetrician is all about the developing fetus and delivering the baby. A good first stop in the quest for baby is a preconception meeting with an Ob/Gyn. She can tell you all about ovulation and optimal times for baby making. And she may ask you to start keeping a fertility diary which can be purchased or just use a binder to keep track of menstrual cycles, sexual encounters, and your daily temperature. There may be a pattern which will help your doctor help you.

A year goes by and nothing happens. You’ve seen your doctor and your Ob/Gyn. Your Ob/Gyn is likely to recommend a reproductive endocrinologist or RE. Who is an RE? They specialize in diagnosing and treating reproductive disorders. They are usually Ob/Gyns who have taken an additional two to three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, is board certified and has completed a two year practice in reproductive endocrinology.

Sometime the issue can be as simple as a change in diet or taking your temperature. Sometimes it’s more complicated. And up to 45% of the time it’s not the mom-to-be at all, but the dad-to-be. The sooner you get your team in place and come up with a game plan, victory will be yours.

Source: Fertility Lifelines, AFA


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