When should you see an infertility healthcare professional? Sooner rather than later

Couple together

In general, it’s recommended to see an infertility specialist after 12 months of trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant if you are under 35 years of age or after 6 months if you are over 35 years of age.

Many couples have a health history that warrants consulting a healthcare professional either before or early in the process of trying to get pregnant. Here are some circumstances in which you should see a fertility specialist:

If the woman has:

  • Irregular no menstrual periods
  • Negative luteinizing hormone tests
  • History of sexually transmitted infection
  • Prior pelvic or abdominal surgery for any reason
  • Prior history of infertility

If the male partner has:

  • Known problems with the testicles or genitals
  • Hypospadias (opening of the urethra not in the end of the penis)
  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Problems with ejaculation
  • Prior history of infertility

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