Whether you are trying to get pregnant or not, a fertility test can tell you what your chances of conceiving are. If you have been trying to get pregnant for a while now but nothing seems to happen, don’t let this small problem make you feel less of a woman. Ever since we were kids, we have been told stories and watched films about happy couples who got married and, after a few years, had two beautiful children.
In reality, however, conceiving can take a very long time, especially if one doesn’t know much about conception.
For example, every woman should know that her chances of getting pregnant increase around the time when her ovary releases an egg, so that is when sexual intercourse should take place. After an egg is released, it stays alive for one to two days, while sperm can survive in a woman’s body for up to five days, depending on various factors, including environmental conditions. That means that there are certain times when you are fertile and knowing when those times are can save you a lot of anxiety and protect you from an unwanted pregnancy.
Those of you who are trying to get pregnant, on the other hand, should pay attention to those signals, like stress, abdominal tension and clear mucus, that the body usually gives when ovulation approaches.
If you are in your 30’s or 40’s and having intercourse during your fertile days doesn’t work, I suggest that you and your partner pay a visit to your GP so they can refer you to a fertility clinic. If you are a woman, here are some basic tests that you will take at the clinic:
– An ultrasound scan to check your womb and ovaries. This may cost up to £ 300,00
– A blood test to analyse the hormones involved in ovulation
– Chlamydia and rubella tests, as these might prevent conception from occurring
Last but not least, Professor Bill Ledger has developed a new test called Plan Ahead, which tells how many eggs are left in a woman’s ovaries.
If you are a man, you will have to book a semen test so that the quality and quantity of your sperm can be measured. Further tests are available, however these basic ones should provide the clinic team with enough data to identify any infertility problems and their causes.