Is IVF right for me?
IVF is used to treat a range of fertility issues, as well as unexplained infertility and Beacon CARE Fertility is at the forefront of new treatments and services. But when is the right time to see a fertility specialist? Your GP can certainly answer some of your basic fertility questions but you may need to seek specialist advice at some point to decide whether fertility treatment can help you have a baby. Around 1 in 5 people in Ireland need help to have a baby. We recommend that you see a fertility specialist if:
- You’ve been having regular, unprotected intercourse for one year (or 6 months if the female partner is over 35) and you have not yet become pregnant
- The woman has irregular painful periods or a history of abdominal or pelvic surgery
- You have a prior history of sexually transmitted diseases. For example, diseases such as chlamydia can result in pelvic scarring and potentially blocked fallopian tubes
- You’ve had two or more miscarriages, as this might indicate that there is something preventing your embryos from implanting
- You have experienced early menopause or premature ovarian failure
- The male has a history of low sperm count, poor motility (where the sperm cannot swim quickly) or irregularly shaped sperm
- You have had cancer treatment, as chemotherapy or radiation therapy can damage your reproductive system
- You are extremely underweight or overweight. Being excessively overweight can mean that your body overproduces oestrogen which can act in the same way as the birth control pill – actually preventing pregnancy. Being underweight, on the other hand, can mean that the body does not produce enough oestrogen, which can disrupt the menstrual cycle and compromise fertility.
- You are a smoker or have a high alcohol consumption; both of these lifestyle factors can have negative effects on your fertility.
- You are at risk of passing on a genetic disease such as cystic fibrosis. In this case you may have IVF with Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis.
If any of these factors apply to you, please don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you won’t ever have a baby. It’s easy to arrange a consultation with one of our fertility specialists, they would love to help you. Based on your medical history they will develop a tailored plan for diagnosis of the exact nature of your fertility issue and then develop an individual treatment plan just for you.