Know Your FERTILITY WELLNESS
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A basic fertility health check consists of:
- For women: ultrasound scan & hormone blood test
- For men: semen analysis
- Review of the results with a gynae
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What's a fertility health check?
It is an assessment of a couple’s fertility – to identify areas that may affect their chances of a natural pregnancy.
For women, it involves an ultrasound scan and blood test. For men, it’ll include a semen analysis. In some couples, specialised scans and additional tests may be required*.
* Further tests recommended by the gynaecologist is not be part of ILC’s Know Your Fertility Wellness campaign fertility health check package and subject to prevailing fees/charges.
2) Why go for a fertility health check?
Going for the check can help identify any contributing factors and eliminate any conditions that could prevent or delay a healthy pregnancy.
For example, mild symptoms like menstrual cramps, which are often dismissed as “normal”, and low sperm count and quality which cannot be detected without lab tests, can be some of the reasons.
Being healthy is not a sign of being fertile.
3) Who should go for a fertility health check?
The fertility health check is for all couples who are trying to conceive. It is also recommended for newlyweds and those with plans to have children.
It takes two to complete a fertility health check.
4) How long will such a check 'last'?
There is no official ‘validity period’ as fertility is affected by factors such as age, stress, infection, etc. which may occur any time.
If there are no significant changes to the couple’s health profile, and where the fertility check shows normal findings, then a 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 pregnancy and/or delivery:
- Long interval (2 years or more) from last pregnancy/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.
7) Why do some couples find it difficult to conceive again?
Secondary infertility* can happen to any couple who previously had a successful pregnancy. There are several reasons, including endometriosis, advanced age, increased body weight and infrequent sexual intercourse (when fertility is already low).
* Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive after having previously achieved a pregnancy.
The first pregnancy does not guarantee the second.