How Do I Know if I have a Fertility Problem?

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Infertility is a medical problem that affects about 30% of women and 30% of men. For the rest of the cases, the reasons are unknown. Even if 30% seems like a pretty high percentage, there is no need to assume that you have fertility issues quite quickly. There are a few steps that you need to make before even considering a visit to an infertility specialist in Barrie, Ontario. Read on and find out more about fertility and when it’s time to see a specialist.


First of all, you need to keep track of your ovulation time. This typically happens around the 14th day of your menstrual cycle (day 1 is the day when you get your period). The egg is viable and can be fertilized for 24 hours. This is your most fertile time, so it is highly recommended to have intercourse within this frame. However, not all women ovulate at the same time; some don’t ovulate at all, even if they get their period. In order to learn if you are ovulating or not, you can take your basal temperature every morning for three to four months. Sharing this chart with your doctor is a good place to start. You can also purchase an ovulation predictor kit.

How often should you have intercourse?

Sperm cells can live inside your reproductive tract for approximately 48 hours. Thus, having sex every two days around your ovulation period (days 10, 12, 14 and 16) is advisable. In order to increase the chances of becoming pregnant, avoid lubricants and douches before and after intercourse.

When should I see a fertility specialist?

If you are under 35 and have been trying to conceive for a year or more, you should see a specialist. If you are over 30, you can see a specialist after trying for 6 months. If you know that you or your partner have certain medical conditions, like painful periods, pelvic inflammatory disease, PCOS, a history of miscarriages or, in his case, a low sperm count, you should not wait – see a specialist as soon as you’ve decided you want to conceive.

How can I find an infertility specialist in Barrie, Ontario?

Dr. Fefelova has extensive experience in treating infertility. In our clinic, you will find all the medical advice you need, as well as a warm, understanding and discreet atmosphere. Call us and we will do our best to help you start your family as soon as possible.



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