Have you been trying to get pregnant for a long time without success? Also, have you experienced two or more consecutive miscarriages? If yes, then it’s time to seek a medical help so that you can find out the problem which is wreaking havoc on your chances of conceiving. Here are some tips which you can use at this stage.
Appointment with your doctor
At first, go meet your regular gynaecologist. Your partner might have to see a urologist if necessary then move on to a fertility clinic. During the meeting tell him everything in details so that the physician can provide you with the best solution. Details include dates of your last six periods, even if they are regular, fertility calendar, body basal temperature charting. Also, tell him about the regular medications you and your partner take.
Basic Fertility Testing
The next step is some basic fertility tests where blood tests are done for women and the semen analysis for men. This may also include a hysterosalpingogram (HSG), vaginal ultrasound, or diagnostic laparoscopy depending on your symptoms along with basic pelvic exam, pap smear, and some STD testing as well.
Basic Fertility Treatment
Once the results of your fertility tests are out, your gynaecologist may recommend certain treatments accordingly. This involves, treating an underlying medical disease which causes infertility or a basic fertility treatment, like with the drug Clomid. Surgical treatments are another option if there are structural abnormalities or endometriosis.
Graduate to a Fertility Clinic
There are cases when the basic fertility treatment conducted is not successful, or if your test results suggest treatments that go beyond your gynaecologist’s purview. Here, you would be referred to a fertility specialist or a good fertility clinic.
More Fertility Tests
Once you migrate to a fertility clinic for better treatments, they may want you to do more tests or even rerun some tests that you’ve already done. Like if your gynaecologist may have checked your FSH levels, the fertility clinic may ask you to do an antral follicle count. For miscarriages, your gynaecologist may take tissues from the miscarriage for analysis. Where they may also suggest Karyotyping, it is a test to identify and evaluate the size, shape, and number of chromosomes.
Create a Plan of Action with Your Partner and Your Doctor
After the fertility tests, meet the doctor and discuss the treatment plan, chances of success, doctor’s experience with this treatment, and the potential risks and also if the treatment fits your financial abilities and limits. For successful treatment, certain changes in lifestyle and diet can also be recommended.
Begin Fertility Treatment Plans
After the treatment is confirmed you’ll begin treatment which may involve separate stages. For example, if you have endometriosis, your doctor may perform surgery to remove endometrial deposits first. And gradually you may start In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).
Reevaluate Treatment Plans When Unsuccessful
If the treatment plans go unsuccessful initially, just reevaluate it to check whether the treatment has gone wrong or not. Probably, you would have to repeat the cycle again. Don’t forget that one failed cycle isn’t a sign that treatments will never work. Even couples without fertility problems need three to six months to conceive. Switch doctors you are not happy with the treatment.
When Successful, Plan for a Healthy Pregnancy
In successful treatment, let the fertility clinic monitor you for the first several weeks of the pregnancy. It may provide some hormonal treatments or injections. Go for healthy lifestyles choices for a healthy pregnancy.
Deciding to Move On From Fertility Treatment
In some cases where treatment won’t work, you have to move on to another treatment. Try to look for an alternative family building options, like adoption or foster care.