4 Reasons Not to Delay Seeking Fertility Treatment
The decision to start a family is one that fills most couples with joy and excitement. The hope and possibility that comes with growing their family often brings couples closer together as they plan their future. But for some couples, the path to parenthood is fraught with difficulty.
If your path to parenthood is one that has encountered unexpected twists, you’re not alone. Difficulty achieving or maintaining a pregnancy is a common problem in the U.S., with one in eight couples struggling with infertility. So when should you seek fertility help? And what can you do now to increase your chances of success? Below, the experts of IVF FLORIDA go over four reasons why you should not put off seeking fertility help.
1. Age is a factor
When it comes to fertility, age plays a role for both women and men. For couples, infertility is defined as being unable to conceive after a year of trying – unless the woman is 35 or older. In those cases, couples should seek treatment after six months of trying without success. For couples where the woman is 40 or over, help should be sought once the couple decides to start a family. This is due to both the quantity and quality of eggs women have, which decrease with age.
But age isn’t only a factor for women. While the impact on male fertility is less pronounced than with women, male fertility begins to decline around 40 years old when sperm quality decreases. This means that it will take them longer to impregnate a partner, and any resulting pregnancies are more likely to result in miscarriage.
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2. Costs can be lower
For many women who are older, more invasive procedures like IVF may be tried right off the bat to increase chances of conception. Women who seek fertility help sooner, however, may be able to decrease their costs for conception.
Younger women are more likely to have a better reserve of quality eggs, meaning they are more likely to be successful with less invasive methods like fertility medications or intrauterine insemination (IUI). Not only are these treatments less invasive – they are also significantly less expensive than more involved procedures.
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3. Insight into your overall health
The full workup patients receive when they start treatment can provide a wealth of general health information to patients. For many men and women, their infertility is caused by an underlying health issue they weren’t aware they had. These issues (such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or thyroid diseases) can cause a variety of health problems now and in the future, ranging from hypertension to depression. Learning that you have an underlying disease is the first step to treating it and taking charge of your health.
4. Preserve your fertility for the future
For women looking to delay parenthood, time is still of the essence! Women can now preserve their future fertility through egg freezing, enabling them to build a family when the time is right. However, women considering this option should move forward as soon as possible to increase their chances of success. As egg quality and quantity decline as women age, women who choose to freeze their eggs earlier have a higher likelihood of freezing enough high quality eggs to give them the best chance of conceiving in the future.
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When it comes to your fertility, the sooner you can get help for any issues you may have, the more likely you are to be able to eventually bring home a baby. If you and your partner would like to learn more about your treatment options, contact the fertility experts at IVF FLORIDA at 866.770.2168 or request an appointment today.