There are many different reasons for seeking a fertility check. It may be that you have been trying for a baby and are worried that it is taking too long. Or perhaps you just want reassurance about your fertility status for future reference.
In this post, we will be looking at what a fertility check is. As well as when is the right time to have one, depending on your reasons for doing so.
What is a fertility check?
Here at SureScan, a fertility check for women gives you a complete overview of your fertility health, including:
- A 30-minute consultation with a consultant gynaecologist, to discuss any concerns you have, as well as lifestyle factors that affect your fertility
- Examination of the abdomen and pelvis
- Blood tests to check hormone levels and test thyroid function
- Ultrasound scans to perform an antral follicle count and examine pelvic anatomy
When is the best time to seek a fertility check?
That depends on your reasons for doing so. If you are not planning a family yet, but would like to know more about your fertility in order to plan for the future, then this can be performed at any age. However, if you are considering egg freezing, we would recommend having a fertility check between the ages of 30 and 42. Egg production does tend to decline fairly rapidly post 40.
What if you are trying for a baby?
If you are trying to start a family, it can often be tempting to seek help straight away. The period between each ovulation can seem very long, and it might feel like you have been trying for a long time without success.
You can of course seek a fertility check at the start of the process, to put your mind at rest. Fertility experts generally recommend trying to conceive naturally for at least a year before seeking help. That time can be reduced to six months if you are over the age of 35.
What other reasons are there for having a fertility check?
A fertility health check is not only useful for checking your ovarian reserves. It can also help to diagnose any health problems around the reproductive organs, such as ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease, or endometriosis.
If indicated, the check can also include a cervical smear, or screening for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Is the check only available for women?
No, we can also provide semen analysis for your partner, if required.
Here at SureScan, we aim to provide a complete service, ensuring that we are able to diagnose any fertility problems, whether they be physical or emotional. To find out more about this service, or to book an appointment, please contact us.