If you hope to have a baby someday—even if not in the near future—you should consider getting a fertility checkup soon. There are a number of “silent” conditions that can affect fertility over time without ever showing symptoms. Some of these conditions can be treated (the earlier, the better) and some prevented from worsening.
The Purpose of a Fertility Checkup
Gaining awareness of the state of your fertility well in advance of when you start trying to conceive gives you and your physician a baseline from which to work. This is important for two reasons. It enables you to identify and act upon any issues that could cause reproductive problems later, and it will help your physician measure any changes in your reproductive health over the years to come.
What the Checkup Involves
Your physician will start by taking a thorough medical history, with particular focus on the details of your menstrual cycle, any STDs, past pregnancies or miscarriages, and any known hormonal issues. A physical exam and transvaginal ultrasound will follow, along with a series of blood tests.
In order to rule out physical abnormalities within your reproductive system, your physician may also recommend a hysterosalpingogram, which is an x-ray of your uterus and fallopian tubes.
All of these tests allow your physician to determine whether you are ovulating, what your ovarian reserve is, whether you have any chronic conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and much more.
Prepare Now for Your Future
Preparing well now, for the pregnancies you plan to have later, may make it easier for you to build your family when you are ready. A Fertility Awareness Checkup will provide the information you need to be as prepared as possible. You should also take steps to ensure that your general health, including diet and exercise, is optimized for when you wish to start trying to conceive (see www.lifechoicesandfertility.com), in order to maximize your chance of success.