20 Practical Things Every Woman Should Do Before Trying to Conceive

Have fertility tests

It can be heartbreaking if you’ve been trying for a long time and you can’t seem to fall pregnant. If this is the case, there are steps you can take. Sometimes the cause of infertility is easy to diagnose, and it can be treated. You should not go straight to an infertility clinic but see your regular gynecologist first. You will need to provide information about your menstrual cycle, any risk factors, medications you are taking, symptoms (even the embarrassing ones like low libido or unwanted hair growth.

For women, infertility testing may include a necessary gynecological exam, blood work, a vaginal ultrasound, a test to see if the fallopian tubes are open or diagnostic laparoscopy. You may also be tested for certain sexually transmitted infections or diseases as these can affect fertility.  Semen analysis is the most important test for men. Once your tests are complete, you will discuss what the results mean, whether further testing is necessary and what treatment is most appropriate. This is a sensitive issue, and you should feel free to ask any questions before and after testing. It is only when basic fertility treatment, such as taking fertility medication, is unsuccessful that you will be referred to a fertility clinic.