Infertility FAQs, answered
Whether you are just wondering about when you’d like to have kids or have been trying to conceive (TTC) for some time now, everyone’s fertility journey is a unique and personal experience. But when TTC isn’t going as planned, many women experience dread, doubt, and even a sense of defeat. Wondering about infertility? We’re here to help.
When am I considered infertile?
In general, primary infertility is defined as not being able to conceive after at least one year of unprotected sex. It may be caused by a variety of factors including age, irregular periods, anovulation (lack of ovulation), issues with the fallopian tube or uterus, as well as male factors such as poor semen quality.
Am I doing something that makes it more difficult to conceive?
Female fertility decreases with age because women have fewer eggs left as they get older. But other than this, other lifestyle habits like smoking, excessive intake of alcohol, extreme weight gain or loss, as well as extreme stress can also contribute to infertility.
How do doctors usually treat infertility?
The fertility treatment given to you will depend on your age, lifestyle and preferences, you and your partner’s risk factors and the duration you have been trying to conceive. Treatment plans may involve medicine, surgery, and assisted reproductive technology.
Which type of doctor should I see about my fertility issues?
If you are below the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for less than a year, consult with one of Kindred’s OBGYNs about what might be preventing you from successfully conceiving. Those older than 35 should only wait up to 6 months of unsuccessfully trying to conceive before consulting with a fertility specialist — an OBGYN that has received extra training specific to reproductive endocrinology and fertility issues for women. Since a fertility specialist can diagnose both female and male patients, it’s best to have your partner join the consultation.
Wherever you may be in your fertility journey, Kindred’s team of OBGYNs and fertility specialists can assist you. Book a consultation now.