Frequently Asked Questions
1) What's a fertility health check?
It’s a review of a couple’s chances of natural conception. For women, there’s a physical examination including a pelvic scan and blood test. For men, it’ll include a sperm analysis. In some couples, specialised scans or endoscopy may be required.
2) Why go for a fertility health check?
It’s to help the couple understand their fertility wellness. For example, mild symptoms like menstrual cramps, which are often dismissed as "normal", could be one of the reasons for not being able to get pregnant.
3) When's a good time for this check?
A fertility health check may be considered for all couples who are intending to conceive or have been trying for more than six months without success. Even newlyweds can go for this check, so as to plan for family sooner or later.
"The chances of natural conception (per month) for women
between 25 to 29 is 15%."
4) How long will such a check 'last'?
There is no official 'validity period' as fertility is affected by many factors, such as age, infection, stress, etc. which may occur any time.
"Fertility in men declines after 35."
If there are no significant changes to the couple’s health and the fertility health check results are normal, then a young couple (under 35 years) may try for baby naturally for the next one to two years.
5) Do couples need to go again for a check when trying for another baby?
A repeat fertility check may be considered for couples who had a previous delivery and/or
- Long interval (2 years or more) from last delivery
- Surgery performed since last fertility health check (including caesarean section)
- New illness or change in health last check (including new medications or treatment)
- Older couples (above 35 years)
6) Where should couples go for this check?
Couples can visit any restructured hospitals, private clinics or gynaecologists with special interest in fertility. Each hospital and doctor may recommend different tests depending on the couple’s fertility wellness.