It’s not uncommon to face challenges and complications when trying to conceive. This deeply personal experience can be emotionally difficult, fraught with frustration, sadness, and disappointment as you
Looking for some support before speaking with a fertility specialist? The Prelude Network® has you covered. Below are some of the most common questions that we’ve heard from people who are just starting to research their fertility options.
Getting Started with Fertility Care FAQ
When someone is having trouble conceiving, they often schedule a consultation with a fertility specialist. This type of physician specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. They are first trained as obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYN) and then go through further education to develop a deep understanding of reproductive health and hormones. Fertility specialists are also referred to as reproductive endocrinologists.
Female Infertility FAQ
The most common sign of infertility in women is irregular or abnormal menstruation. Having an irregular or abnormal period can indicate an issue with ovulation and, by extension, fertility. However, this is not always an indicator. There are many women with irregular periods who are able to get pregnant naturally. On the other end of the spectrum, there are many women with regular, normal periods that struggle to conceive.
Male Infertility FAQs
In many cases, there are no obvious signs of infertility in men, aside from the inability to impregnate. Male factor infertility can only be fully determined through a semen analysis. That being said, some men may exhibit signs of sexual dysfunction (e.g. ejaculation disorders, diminished libido, etc.) or hormonal imbalance (e.g. increased breast tissue growth, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, etc.).
General Fertility FAQs
When it comes to repairing fertility problems, there are several medications that may be recommended or prescribed to either men or women, depending on the situation. Most fertility medications help by stimulating or simulating specific sex hormones. One of the most commonly prescribed medications for infertility is Clomiphene citrate, also known by the branded name Clomid. In women, it stimulates the pituitary gland in the brain, which is the part of the brain responsible for hormone production and regulation. This drug triggers the pituitary gland to produce more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), both of which play vital roles in the development of eggs.
Interestingly, Clomid is also prescribed to men who are dealing with infertility. In men, Clomid works very similarly as it does for women. The drug stimulates the pituitary gland into producing increased levels of FSH and LH, which helps to boost sperm count, motility, and shape. Clomid also naturally boosts testosterone.
Fertility Preservation FAQ
It’s generally recommended that women freeze their eggs before the age of 35. This helps to ensure the likelihood of having a healthy egg available for later use, thereby increasing the chances of having a healthy, safe, and successful pregnancy.
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