To achieve pregnancy, your reproductive system must be in good health. Ideally, you will be menstruating and ovulating on a regular basis. But what if pregnancy does not come easily? If you have been trying to get pregnant for six months or more, it may be time to see a fertility specialist. A fertility specialist can help you identify fertility problems, including problems with ovulation. Problems with ovulation are common causes of infertility.
At the Fertility Clinic
At your first fertility clinic visit, plan to answer questions about your periods. Your answers may help your doctor identify ovulation problems. Your first fertility clinic visit may go quickly; try to make the most of your time there. If you have already had some fertility tests, or have been tracking your cycles already, bring the following items with you:
- Basal body temperature (BBT) or cervical mucus (CM) tracking sheets
- Ovulation predictor kit (OPK) results
- Copies of medical or OB/GYN test results and forms
These items may prevent unnecessary fertility tests. Also, your fertility doctor is not just questioning you. Be prepared to ask questions yourself. And take our advice: bring your partner with you to this first visit, if possible. Your partner provides important emotional support.
A fertility doctor can run several fertility tests to identify problems with ovulation. Here are 5 fertility tests for ovulation disorders:
- Ovulation predictor kit (OPK)
- Hormone tests
- Ultrasound tests
- Endometrial biopsy (a sample of endometrial tissue from the uterine lining)
- Your doctor may even encourage you to check for ovulation yourself, if you have not started already. Ovulation detection methods include tracking your basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus (CM) patterns.
If your doctor suspects an ovulation disorder, he or she may prescribe oral and injectable fertility drugs to help regulate ovulation.
See a Fertility Specialist
It is understandable to feel frustrated or depressed when pregnancy does not come as easily as expected. Find comfort in knowing that most people with fertility problems do become pregnant over time. With careful monitoring and guidance by a fertility doctor, many women become pregnant, even women that have problems with ovulation.