The first job of your fertility friend is to help you to understand what infertility means. Even if the egg and sperm are in the right place at the right time, conception may not happen. There are a lot of factors which influence how fertile you or your spouse are. The following tests can be performed to determine if fertility is a problem
- Hormone Tests
- Semen analysis
- Post-coital test
- Physical examination
The first piece of advice from your fertility friend is to stay healthy – both you and your partner should be in good health to maximize your chances of having a baby. This should include
- Stop smoking
- Reduce alcohol consumed
- Try and get to a suitable weight before trying for a baby
- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise
- Keep stress low
- Start taking folic acid supplement, your doctor can advise if you need any more health supplements.
Factors affecting fertility
The next step with your fertility friend is to understand what affects fertility levels.
Unlike the age of the mother, the impact of the age of the father on fertility and the health of their children has not received as much publicity. However, it seems that there are just as many risks associated with men trying to start a family when they are older as for women, and not just for infertility.
There are also factors which cause infertility and cannot be fixed by the fertility friend, in this case you may need to consider other options, your doctor can advise you on the various options available.
It may seem obvious but it is improtant to have sex at the right time, and the right time is just before ovulation. If you have a regular 28-day cycle, you can therefore predict that ovulation is likely to occur , on around Day 14. If your cycle length varies a great deal, it is hard to calculate the mid point. However ovulation can be detected in other ways