Demystifying Fertility Tests

After months of trying to unsuccessfully conceive naturally, you will want to find out what is wrong and what can be done. At first this decision may feel a little scary. As well as being afraid of what the doctors might find, you are also likely to be pretty terrified as to what the tests involve.

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As an OvuSense user, you can book a free consultation with me, the OvuSense Fertility Nurse. One of the things I advise you are on which fertility tests are right for you based on your individual situation. This blog carries on from my last, that looked in-depth at fertility blood tests. Here, I touch on the initial blood tests but then move on to demystify the next level of fertility tests, giving you the opportunity to take one step at a time and feel prepared before you start along the road to testing.

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Fertility Blood Tests

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If you have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for 1 year or more, then it is likely that you and your partner may need some help in conceiving. However, if you are concerned that something is wrong, then you can get help sooner. Seeing your doctor will start the process and your doctor will be able to run some simple tests to find out if there are any problems.

One of my most asked questions is ‘Which fertility blood tests should I have done to check if everything is ok?”

Well, the simple answer is – there is no simple answer! It really all depends on your general health, whether you have any conditions such as PCOS and how long you have been trying to conceive.

As an OvuSense user, you can book a free consultation with me, the OvuSense Fertility Nurse. One of the things I advise you are on which blood tests are right for you based on your individual situation. However here is a general round up of the fertility bloods tests that are often recommend.

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14 Factors that can negatively affect ovulation and your fertility

Take a read of the most common factors that affect ovulation and your fertility………………

 

Age

It is a well-known fact that the older you are the more difficult it is to conceive. The average age of the menopause and the end of a woman’s reproductive life is around 52 years of age. However even a decade or so before she may experience fertility problems, as her cycles become less regular and the quality of her eggs decline. Tragically, some women experience a premature menopause as early as their 30’s or 40’s.

There is no definitive age when fertility starts to decline and every woman is different, however it’s important for women of any age who are struggling to conceive to get advice sooner rather than later.

Hereditary factors

Women will generally experience the menopause around the same time that their mother did. So, ask your mother how old she was when she went through the menopause. This will give you a good idea of when it may happen for you so you can make decisions on when to start a family or to seek help if time is running out.

Smoking

Everyone knows that you shouldn’t smoke when you are pregnant, but few women realise the impact that smoking can have on your fertility. The shocking facts are that smoking ages your ovaries by 10 years and smoking can adversely affect the ease in which the egg travels down the fallopian tubes to meet the sperm.

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Does being overweight affect my fertility?

If you have been trying to conceive for a little while, it’s very likely that you’ve either read or been told that being overweight makes falling pregnant more difficult. However, then you walk down the street and what do you see? You see a woman who looks as though she has a problem with her weight, pushing a pram. Your first thought is ‘This isn’t fair’’ and then probably something like ‘’Why can she get pregnant when she’s overweight and I can’t? Your feelings of frustration deepen and your sadness grows.

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You may have experienced the upsetting scenario when your doctor says that he can’t help you and that you need to ‘’Go away and lose weight and come back when you’ve got your BMI down to 30/35’’. You leave the hospital feeling disappointed and unsupported. No one likes to be told they are overweight. Least of all women and even less so a woman who is trying to conceive

I’ve heard these stories from my patients over and over again. Trust me, if you’ve been in one of those scenarios, you are far from alone.

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Understanding Miscarriage

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Miscarriage is very common and it’s a topic talked about a great deal in our online support group. It is estimated that 1:6 of pregnancies will end in miscarriage.

Despite being common, this does not take away the heartbreak that suffering from a miscarriage causes. Each individual acts differently to a pregnancy loss. Emotions that women and couples feel range from anger, grief, disappointment and guilt, to fear of it happening again and sadness or depression. These emotions are completely normal and if you have had a miscarriage it is important to allow yourself the time to grieve for your loss.

Often what adds to the emotional turmoil of miscarrying is not understanding what has happened or indeed why it’s happened. In this blog, I hope to explain miscarriage a little and if this has happened to you give you some advice on what happens next and where you can turn for help.

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