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When to Seek Help for Infertility

Jun 07, 2023
When to Seek Help for Infertility
It can take some time to get pregnant, but if you and your partner haven’t found success despite your best efforts, it might be time to consult a specialist.

There are many ways to boost your fertility naturally, but it can be difficult to determine what really works, which party is experiencing infertility, and what factors are causing it. Reproductive specialists can help with those questions and find solutions for you and your partner. 

At NY Midtown OB/GYN in Manhattan and Westchester, New York, our expert reproductive and sexual health team can help identify potential causes of infertility and help you find the path forward to becoming a parent.

Potential causes of infertility 

There are many factors that contribute to infertility and, in some cases, both parties can face infertility issues. Though it may be surprising, both genders experience infertility equally

Signs of infertility often differ between the sexes. For women, common symptoms and contributing factors can include: 

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis 
  • Low egg count
  • Fallopian tube obstruction
  • Premature menopause 
  • Fibroids 

Infertility can be more difficult to detect in men, though there are some shared experiences: 

  • Erectile dysfunction 
  • Low libido (lack of sexual desire) 
  • Failure to ejaculate 
  • Testicle swelling and pain 
  • Small or firm testicles 

If you or your partner are experiencing these issues, consult a doctor. At NY Midtown OB/GYN, our staff of experienced gynecologists can help diagnose and treat female infertility. 

Seeking help for infertility

Formally, infertility is defined as a failure to conceive after a year of consistent, unprotected sex. For women over the age of 35, this time period is often shortened to six months to encourage earlier intervention. The older you get, the less likely you are to conceive, so the matter becomes more pressing. 

If you and your partner have been trying for a baby to no avail within the above timeframes, don’t hesitate to reach out to a reproductive specialist. The team at NY Midtown OB/GYN can help you determine what’s wrong, what your options are, and the best way to proceed. 

For many people attempting to conceive, the first steps may be fairly routine. Tracking ovulation and fertility may help you get pregnant without extra intervention. For couples struggling with sperm mobility, intrauterine insemination may help. In cases involving blocked fallopian tubes or endometriosis, surgery may be necessary before you can successfully conceive. 

There are many paths to overcoming infertility and whatever the cause of your conception struggles, we are committed to supporting you throughout. If you would like expert fertility advice, schedule a consultation with our team today by calling the location closest to you or booking online