Most of us women wish to someday have children; a little addition to solidifying our family. Some, however, choose not to have children; others struggle to have, and then there are those who make it look so easy and conceive at a drop of a hat.
When you’ve made up your mind about children and are nearing the time you’d like to start trying, you need to take a few things into consideration. Firstly, it’s essential you know your menstrual cycle and keep a record of it, to avoid getting frustrated when things don’t seem to be happening from month to month. Secondly, if you are irregular or you struggle with your menstrual cycle in any way, even if you are not considering having children any time soon, it would be recommended that you go for regular checks to your gynecologist. This is just a small tip to ensure you are well informed about your fertility – but rest assured this does not necessarily mean you are infertile.
Signs that you may need to consider fertility treatment:
1. You’re younger than 35 and have been trying naturally to conceive for more than a year
If you are younger than 35 years of age, are generally healthy and have not yet conceived after more than a year of trying, this would be the time to consider other options such as fertility treatment. It’s best you consult with a professional to find the best treatment for you, as there are many. You can start by taking note of your cycle; the number of days before your next period, and check if 14 days after your last period you started ovulating – this is known to be the best time to try as you should be your most fertile.
If you ovulate regularly there is a greater chance of falling pregnant naturally, if you find that you do not ovulate then fertility treatment is certainly an option. Take this diary of your cycle with you to the doctor. There is so much information available to those that struggle and the more you know the better, so read up, speak to your doctor, find the correct fertility clinic for you so that you can make an informed decision. This can be a lengthy process to go into it with a positive mindset and not an impatient one.
2. You’re 35 or older and have been trying naturally to conceive for more than six months
After the age of thirty, it becomes a little more challenging for a woman to conceive. Again, it depends on the person and your general health, but for most this is the reality. However, after more than six months of trying it’s best, you consult with your doctor and make sure you are fertile and can keep trying naturally for a little while longer. Time is not particularly on your side, so it’s best to know rather sooner than later if you may need to consider other options.
Your doctor can do some very basic fertility checks and give you an idea of where you stand. Remember fertility issues are not just age related and not only found in females; men can suffer from infertility too. When considering going through the process, include your partner as he needs to be part of this journey and should probably be tested as well.
3. Your menstruation cycle is very irregular
If you have an irregular menstrual cycle occasionally, this is not a concern. However, if you have a cycle where you have a period one month and not for another month or two it can be cause for concern. Even if your cycle is not exactly 28 days, (some have a 26 to 30-day cycle), it should be regular to your situation. If you have an irregular cycle you might not be ovulating as you should, which will make conceiving an incredibly challenging task. There are painless treatments (medication) that can assist you with this so it’s not all doom and gloom, help is out there. In an urban lifestyle, premature menopause has become common, so you must pay attention to your menstrual cycle more.
4. You have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Should you have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), you will find it difficult to fall pregnant. This is a condition that causes either no ovulation or irregular ovulation, which disturbs the natural release of the egg. Under the assistance of a doctor, they can prescribe an ovulation drug that can increase your chances of conceiving.
5. You have endometriosis
Endometriosis is rather common. It can be very painful and interferes with the natural menstrual cycle. Even though this is the case, it is possible but not easy to conceive when suffering from endometriosis. The more severe the, more difficult to fall pregnant, thus making it essential that you consult with your doctor.