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How Do I Know if I Should See a Fertility Specialist?

Posted May 26, 2021 in Fertility, In Vitro Fertilization


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Many prospective parents don’t know when they should see a fertility specialist. It can be difficult to know if the challenges you are experiencing are typical or need specialized care. 

Dr. Saadat has a few guidelines to help prospective parents decide if they should schedule a fertility evaluation.

A couple consulting with a doctor in an office

How Long Can Conception Take?

Many people have the mistaken idea that unprotected sex will lead to immediate pregnancy. This is not always the case. 

Several natural factors can impact the conception timeline. It is not uncommon for healthy couples to take months — or longer — to conceive naturally. 

For patients trying to conceive, Dr. Saadat usually recommends scheduling an appointment based on the woman’s age and the length of time it takes to conceive.

  • For women under 35, patients should wait for 6 to 12 months before scheduling a fertility evaluation. 
  • Women between the ages of 35 and 40 should schedule an appointment after 6 months without achieving pregnancy. 
  • For women over 40, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist if you have not achieved conception within 3 months. 

These timelines should give patients guidance on when a fertility evaluation may be necessary. 

Other Reasons I Should See a Fertility Specialist

Other factors may cause patients to see a fertility specialist. 

You can read about some additional reasons to see a fertility specialist here

These factors may include:

  • Multiple miscarriages
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • A known fertility concern
  • Low sperm count

Prospective parents may also want to consider lifestyle changes to increase their fertility.

What Are My Fertility Testing Options?

Dr. Saadat offers a comprehensive infertility evaluation to patients who are having difficulty conceiving. These tests can detect several types of infertility, identify causes, and suggest several treatment options.

You can learn more about the types of fertility tests and procedures available here

Testing is usually the first step in identifying and treating infertility. Infertility can affect both men and women, so you should go through the infertility testing process with your partner. 

Which Fertility Treatments Can Help Me?

Most couples who require specialized services will need fertility treatments targeting their specific concerns. This is why infertility testing is so vital, as this is needed to understand the causes of your infertility

You can read the full range of our fertility service options here.

Some common fertility treatments include:

Are You Ready to See a Fertility Specialist?

If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saadat or learn more about the ideal time to do so, please call our Reproductive Fertility Center at (310) 929-6707. You may also schedule a consultation through our online contact form

Our staff will be happy to answer your questions and help you make your appointment.