Do you feel like you are never going to get pregnant? Something just isn’t working?
Well you are definitely NOT alone. Getting pregnant is difficult. When you actually look at the science behind the process it’s actually amazing that anyone gets pregnant. I mean what are the odds that sperm are there, waiting for an egg to be released - when it is actually released that one of those sperm are capable of getting into it to fertilise it - and then for that cell to start to grow and divide and eventually become a baby. The intricate pathway of steps is fascinating and more complicated than we can ever understand.
It’s a truly amazing process!
It’s little wonder that medical science still does not understand the whole process. It has been over 30 years since the world’s first IVF baby was born and even today, IVF success rates are, at best around 50%.
In fact, a recent study identified a 29% Natural Pregnancy rate following failed IVF cycles. You can read more on that here.
The process of trying to get pregnant starts out with excitement and hope.
Daydreams of due dates and reading the latest baby ‘must-haves’ are completely normal. When the months gradually pass by and there is no sign of a positive test it is very easy to get overwhelmed and struggle with where to ask for help. A sneaky look on Google will send your head into a spin and make the whole situation worse. Is that the beginning of the end?
As soon as you start looking up ‘fertility treatment’ have you moved into the INFERTILE CATEGORY?
The reality is that getting pregnant naturally is a process that can take time. Even if you are both young, fit and healthy it can take time to get pregnant. In today’s busy world we all get caught up in schedules, timelines and structured lifestyles and we assume that when we decide to have a baby our body will abide by our schedule and give us that positive pregnancy test exactly when we want it. In reality, achieving that positive test can take some time.
Statistics show that of every 100 couples trying to conceive, 85% will achieve a positive result in the first 12 months and 95% will achieve a pregnancy within 2 years of trying.
The key to increasing you chances of getting pregnant is to identify subtle changes in your own body...YES your body will tell you when you are ovulating if you know what to look for.
If you ignore your own body and just focus on the end result (The pregnancy test at the end of your cycle) you will loose focus very quickly and panic and despair will take control. This very quickly escalates into a vicious cycle where you no longer see all of the elements, only the END RESULT.
SO take a step back. It’s difficult to focus on timing intercourse if you’re rushing around all of the time.
There will always be something to do so you need to allocate a time each day that’s just for you.
There are lots of small things you can do at home to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Start with the easy things...are you eating well and getting some exercise?
Simply ignoring your diet can have catastrophic effects on the health of eggs and sperm. Being overweight or underweight will also decrease your chance of getting pregnant. Put away the wine! Alcohol will NOT increase your chances of getting pregnant!
Can you make 30 minutes each day to go for a walk? Even getting out into the fresh air (or the lashing rain) can help to re-focus your thoughts and eliminate those negative ones. Promise yourself today that you will make one small change.
But I know all of this and I’m still not pregnant!
Ok, so if you are honestly as healthy as you can be and you are timing intercourse correctly each month then it might be time to take things to the next level.
Your first step, well two steps really, is an analysis of FEMALE HORMONE levels and a SEMEN ANALYSIS.
Female Hormone Blood tests
I have a complete range of Home blood tests that accurately determine female hormone levels.
The most important starting point is to take an AMH blood test. In addition to AMH there are 3 other important hormones that control your cycle. These are FSH, LH and E2. My home Blood test for these hormones can be taken on Day 2,3 or 4 of your cycle. Finally to confirm ovulation you can take a Progesterone blood test 7 days before your next period is due.
I will contact you with all of your results and if anything is out of range I can refer you directly to a fertility clinic where you will get honest and accurate information based on your results.
Probably the words most dreaded by all men! Being sent into a room with a tiny plastic cup is hardly an exciting prospect. Luckily, home semen analysis kits have improved a huge amount over the last number of years. The newest one on the market that I have tried is SwimCount. The reason SwimCount is different from other tests on the market is that it measures the concentration of MOTILE sperm in the sample. Only swimming sperm can reach an egg so it doesn’t really matter what the total sperm concentration is if they are not swimming.
If you get a poor result with Swimcount then unfortunately there is no other option than to go to a fertility clinic for a complete assessment. If you contact me I can get you an immediate appointment at a fertility clinic. In most cases problems with Sperm Quality can be reversed with diet and lifestyle changes so it’s important to identify these problems early.
Contact me today and we can discuss your individual situation and I can determine what your next step should be.