Normally, couples who are trying to start a family assume that they will be successful. It’s a time full of excitement and dreams of your future little ones. But sometimes the unforeseen arises, and there are hiccups along the way, requiring help before achieving your family dreams. Our Idaho Fertility Center physicians understand those unexpected difficulties and the frustrations commonly felt.
There are several factors that need to happen when you are trying to become pregnant. For a woman, an egg needs to be released by your body while a man’s body must be able to create sperm which will then be able to travel to the egg to fertilize it. Once that happens, the fertilized egg will need to be able to reach the fallopian tube and enter the uterus so that it can implant onto the uterine wall. Should any of these steps be interrupted on the way, you might be dealing with problems of infertility. Although the standard is to seek help after trying for six months if over 35 yrs old or 12 months if you are under 35, you don’t necessarily need to wait if you have known infertility factors or want an evaluation sooner.
Symptoms for seeking fertility treatment:
- Irregular periods, endometriosis, or PCOS
- Twelve months of ttc; Two back-to-back miscarriages
- You or your partner have risk factors or symptoms of infertility
- A history of sexually transmitted infections, for you or your partner
- A genetic condition known to affect your fertility potential
- Your family has a history of primary ovarian insufficiency, early menopause, BRCA+ breast cancer or reproductive cancer
It is actually fairly common to have a miscarriage, particularly in the first trimester. However, it is not common to have multiple miscarriages. When it comes to infertility, your journey is unique but you also can experience ups and downs along the way as you ultimately reach your dreams of conception and birth. The journey can be challenging, you and your partner will need to rely on your individual courage, stamina and managing difficult emotions, which can take a toll on you both. Age is a factor in conception, including the health and quality of your eggs, making it important to begin your fertility journey sooner rather than later. The road to fertility can involve bumps and emotional challenges. Sex, having previously been a way to connect intimately with your partner can turn into a chore to get through, which can lead to anxiety and depression. There are also the hormonal ups and downs, bloating and pelvic tenderness from fertility medications that can leave you physically and emotionally exhausted.
How Our Fertility Experts Can Help
We have helped many couples, just like you, navigate the infertility journey successfully. It’s important that you find a way to look at this journey optimistically. There are other options available that maybe you hadn’t considered previously but are worth contemplating, including using a donor egg or sperm, a donor embryo, a gestational carrier (surrogate) or even adoption.
Our goal is to help you travel this journey as comfortably as possible. We want to support you every step of the way. We have found some amazing blogs and podcasts from people who have experienced what you are, offering you insight, strength and comfort. Being a part of a community of like-minded people who have shared experiences such as yours is an invaluable resource to keep you motivated and at peace.
In the end, only you can know when you have done everything you wanted to and could do. And sometimes the only option left is to say, “We’re done.” The stresses to your mental health and your partnership are real. It can be healing to find strength and comfort in your partner, and move on, whether deciding to choose other avenues to parenthood or letting this be as it is. Your choice is yours and yours alone, and it is valid! Our Idaho Fertility Center physicians and team in Idaho Falls, Idaho, are here to help you have the best possible fertility journey. We welcome you to call us today at 208-529-2019. We hope these Podcasts and Blogs help you feel recognized and hopeful, wherever this journey takes you.
Big Fat Negative is the podcast about IVF, infertility and the trials of trying for a baby. It’s co-hosted by journalists and friends Emma and Gabriella, the show follows their stories on the not-so-simple journey to motherhood, and interviews a range of experts on all things infertility.
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