How Do I Know if I am Infertile?

If you’ve been trying to conceive for a long time, you may be wondering if you are infertile.  Unfortunately, there is no way to know without diagnostic tests if there is an issue.  However, your body can provide several clues to help you to understand if you have a problem.

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A couple is defined as having fertility issues after they’ve been trying to get pregnant for one year without success.  If a woman is over age 35, that period shortens to six months.  Unfortunately, there are often no signs or symptoms of a fertility issue.  In fact, the only way some couples know that they have fertility issues is due to their inability to get pregnant.

Symptoms of Infertility

For men, it is virtually impossible to know if there is a fertility issue without a semen analysis.  Having this test performed is the only way to truly know if a man is fertile.  While women often have no symptoms, there can be some indications of a fertility concern, including:

  • Skipped or irregular periods
  • Long menstrual cycles
  • Painful cramping
  • Extremely heavy or light periods
  • A history of sexually transmitted diseases

All of the symptoms above can be indicative of a larger issue that can impact fertility.  Women who suffer these symptoms should proactively speak with their doctor.  This way, if a serious condition exists it can be addressed and treated as to proactively protect a woman’s fertility.

Diagnosing Infertility

The only way to know if you have an issue with fertility is to have diagnostic tests done.  For women, these tests look at hormone levels, a woman’s reproductive system and her egg quality.  In men, a semen analysis is necessary.

The first step to understanding the root cause of your difficulty conceiving is to meet with a fertility expert.  The team at New Hope Fertility Center provides expert fertility care with a focus on patient individuality.  They can diagnose your concerns and create a personalized treatment plan to address your needs.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676.  Thank you.


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