We all like to think that, when the time is right, falling pregnant will just happen. However there are many factors that can influence our ability to conceive. Age, diet, weight and the lifestyle of both partners can all play an important role in your chance of conception.
What affects fertility?
A woman’s age is the main factor that affects a couple’s chance of conceiving. The normal expected chance of conception in a 25 year old couple is about 20% in any one month and this chance decreases with increasing age. After a woman’s age male related fertility issues, specifically the health of his sperm, is the second most common cause of a couple’s delay in pregnancy. General health and lifestyle of both partners also affects fertility and it is important to be a healthy weight (a body mass index in the normal range is key), enjoy a nutritious diet, minimize caffeine and alcohol, stop smoking and recreational drugs, and maintain regular exercise to provide both mental and physical wellbeing.
If you plan to have a family at some stage in the future it can be helpful to consult with a doctor who will assess your personal fertility potential and identify any issues that may negatively affect your chance of conceiving in the future.
What’s involved in a Fertility Check? - For Her
More women are seeking reassurance about their fertility and ability to have a baby. There are a few simple ways doctors assess a woman’s fertility including:
- Discussing your medical history particularly menstrual cycle activity;
- A simple blood test to measure hormone levels can clarify if you are ovulating normally;
- A pelvic ultrasound to check the structure and overall wellbeing of your ovaries, the condition of the endometrium (lining of the uterus), and the possible presence of polyps or fibroids.
An important new test for women is the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test that gives a very good indication of the number of eggs a woman has left in her ovarian reserve and therefore how much time she has to conceive. An AMH test can be requested by your GP and are best interpreted by a fertility specialist, usually in conjunction with an ultrasound.
What’s involved in a Fertility Check – for Him
For men, a fertility check involves taking a medical history but most importantly undertaking a semen analysis which will assess the number, size, shape and movement of sperm and as such potential to create a pregnancy.
IVFAustralia has a network of clinics across Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle with specialised scientists who are experienced at analysing sperm. Critical to a semen analysis is the timing of collection and testing. It is important to make an appointment to ensure the sample is tested within an hour of collection. We have discreet facilities within our clinics for men to use.
Want to know more?
To understand you and your partners chance of conception in a month try our Pregnancy Predictor.
Once you are ready to start a family and are actively trying to conceive, having regular intercourse around the time of ovulation and if you haven’t conceived within 6months you should seek medical advice from your GP or an IVFAustralia fertility specialist.
We host regular public information evenings where you can meet a fertility specialist and have some initial questions answered.
Contact our Public Liaison Coordinator on 1800 111 483 or email us to book an appointment with a Fertility Specialist.
At IVFAustralia we have the expertise to assess your fertility and, should you need assistance, the leading specialists to help with treatment. In most instances you and your partner will have answers and options after just one consultation with an IVFAustralia fertility specialist.
For a confidential discussion and some peace of mind call 1800 111 483 today.