Do I have a fertility problem?

The most commonly accepted definition of infertility is failure to conceive over one year of unprotected intercourse. This will happen to 10 to 15% of couples, and presumes that you have intercourse frequently enough to have the sperm and egg meet. How often is that? If you have regular periods every twenty eight to thirty days, ovulation should occur around day fourteen to sixteen. (Day one is the first day of your period.) It may be that you only need to pay closer attention to sex every other day beginning around day 12. Sperm will live in the tubes for three to five days waiting for an egg to pop out. I have had many couples having problems who succeeded just by changing their timing of sex. It takes longer to conceive when you are older. After 35 it is not uncommon to take 8 to 12 months to conceive. Earlier in life it is common in the first 3 to 6 months. What should I be doing? If you think you may have a fertility problem, keep track of your periods and mark when you had intercourse. 40% of fertility problems are male, and it might be worth going ahead and getting a semen analysis done through his family doctor. He needs to abstain from ejaculation for 48 hours prior to providing the sample. May men have problems with their virility and egos all tied up in their sperm counts. Be sensitive in how you approach the topic, and tell him that you will be going to the gynecologist after the results are obtained. Feel free to bring him along to the initial consultation. The basic evaluation is fairly simple to understand. There have to be sperm of good quality. They have to meet with the egg at the right time. The passageway (cervix, uterus, and tubes) must be open. And finally the uterus must be able to accept the fertilized egg. There are tests to address each of these steps. Call and make an appointment to discuss your situation. It doesn't hurt to take a few of the above mentioned steps to get a head start. Don't keep basal body temps. It creates too much stress. Stress and anxiety are among the hardest of things to deal with is these situations. We can check for ovulation by measuring blood tests for progesterone. Good luck. It will happen.

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Your gynecologic health matters at every age. Dr. Paul Daum provides you with a full range of women’s services that address your health and well-being so that you can be the best you can be. Planning for or pregnant with a little one? Our caring staff are here to support you through the pregnancy journey, while Dr. Daum will deliver your baby and care for you in early motherhood. We deliver complete obstetrical care for the women with normal and high risk pregnancies from prenatal care, to delivery, and postpartum care.

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Pregnancy will be an exciting time for you, filled with new experiences and challenges. Dr. Daum and...

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At Mansfield Miracles, we are devoted to providing the full range of gynecologic services. Our providers and...

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Laboratory tests are an important part of your pregnancy care. At Mansfield Miracles, we offer routine,...

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Laparoscopic HysterectomyLaparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy is performed using a scope and high resolution camera in your belly...

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A woman needs OB/GYN services for every stage of her life... when she’s pregnant and when she’s not. Dr. Paul Daum and his staff are passionate about providing personalized quality health care to women of all ages. We are committed to giving all patients compassionate and comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care. We offer outstanding and caring obstetrical care, guiding our patients through healthy and successful pregnancies.

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