If you are trying to get pregnant and it seems like everyone around you is already carrying a baby, it can be discouraging when the pregnancy tests keep coming back as negative. You may be considering asking for a referral to an infertility specialist. If you are under 35 years old, and you haven't been trying for more than a year, you should relax. However, if you have been trying longer than that, or if you are over 35 and have been trying for more than six months, you probably should see a specialist. Here are a few things you should understand before you make the appointment.
It is important that you check your medical insurance policy in regards to infertility. While you may be covered for the initial testing, your policy might not pay for any treatments you need to become pregnant. You may want to purchase additional insurance to cover the treatments before you have any testing done so it is not considered a pre-existing condition.
Take Your Partner
Part of the initial testing for infertility will include testing the viability of sperm. The sooner you can have the tests performed, the sooner a doctor can find a solution. Your partner will need to provide a sperm sample. It is best if he can provide this right at the office, so it is as fresh as possible.
You will probably need to have some bloodwork done to check all the different hormones involved in the reproductive cycle. The specialist may also want to perform a transvaginal ultrasound to look at your vagina, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. The doctor may be able to determine the approximate quantity and quality of your eggs during the ultrasound. I addition, he or she will see any physical abnormalities in the organs.
No matter what the test results show, everything is going to take time. Even if the results come back fast, any treatments needed will require time. Do not be afraid to push things off because you need time to process everything either. If you are given hormones as part of the treatment, be prepared to be emotional. Try not to rush things yourself because this may result in you being stressed. You need to be able to relax so things can progress.
Some infertility problems are relatively simple to resolve and some will take time, many visits, and possibly many failures. You need to be honest with yourself and be ready to accept failures. An infertility specialist will help you every step of the way and will be honest about what to expect. Take your time, and try to stay positive. To learn more, contact a clinic like Women's Care Inc.