At Citmer’s Blog we want to address the most common questions and concerns that people have when they consider undergoing a fertility assessment and / or treatment. So, today we have decided to start at the beginning: what happens on your first visit to the fertility clinic?
The first thing is to understand infertility: it is a medical disease, defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sex (or after 6 months for women over 35). After understanding this concept, there is the next step: schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist. Having a baby is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life and we understand that fears and doubts may arise regarding visiting a doctor’s office.
Here is the process of your first visit to Citmer:
At the initial visit, your doctor will determine if, due to your or your partner’s history, there is an underlying medical condition that affects infertility and requires further evaluation. To a large extent, we analyzed three main aspects: the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, and the sperm count.
To better understand your personal condition, we carry out initial tests. With them, we discover conditions such as irregular ovulation, which can be a result of polycystic ovary syndrome or due to accelerated depletion of the ovarian reserve. Another common cause of infertility is the inadequate condition of the sperm, which we detect thanks to the spermogram.
Watch this video to know in detail the process of your first visit:
Without going into too much detail, ovarian function is controlled by an area of the brain called the pituitary. This gland produces various hormones, but the most critical to fertility is follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). When we evaluate the hormone FSH in the fertility clinic, we discover how the ovaries are working and what is the quality of the oocytes.
Another important test is hysterosalpingography. Although the word sounds complex, it is quite a simple process: we take an x-ray to determine if the tubes are open. If they are blocked, then In Vitro Fertilization may be a viable option to achieve pregnancy.
An analysis of the semen allows us to determine if infertility is due to the male factor and if it is treatable. Fortunately, with the development of new techniques, you can increase the probability of achieving a pregnancy or resort to semen donation.
At Citmer, we want to help you. If you have any further questions or concerns, we would love to assist you at our fertility clinic.