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Infertility is when someone has been unable to conceive after a year of consistent intercourse (or after six months of intercourse if the woman is 35 or older) or has been unable to carry a pregnancy to term. There are many reasons why a fertilized egg cannot reach the uterus through the fallopian tubes, which is often the result of an underlying health condition.

Specific tests for female infertility might include a pelvic ultrasound to examine the pelvic organs and fallopian tubes, and hormone tests such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). These tests help in evaluating a person’s menstrual cycle, hormone levels, and reproductive health.

Specific tests for male infertility include semen analysis to assess sperm count, and hormone tests, such as measuring testosterone levels, to identify hormonal imbalances affecting fertility.

What are the Initial Steps in Testing for Infertility?

The initial steps in infertility testing typically involve taking a detailed medical history, including a person’s menstrual cycle history and any occurrences of abnormal vaginal bleeding. A comprehensive physical exam might also be conducted to assess the health of the pelvic organs, including the uterus and fallopian tubes.

How To Test For Infertility

Testing for infertility can involve a series of medical examinations and evaluations conducted by a fertility specialist. After the initial consultation and medical history are conducted, some testing might include:

Physical Examination:

A physical examination (such as a pelvic exam) might be conducted to identify any physical issues that could be contributing to infertility.

Blood Tests:

Hormone levels play a crucial role in fertility. A blood test can assess hormone levels in both partners. Tests for some people (such as tests for women) can include testing for follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estrogen, and progesterone. Other individuals might undergo tests to measure testosterone levels.

Functional and Holistic Assessment:

When testing for infertility, it’s important to work with a fertility specialist who takes into consideration not just your physical health but also your emotional and mental health. Lifestyle, diet, stress, and other emotional factors should be taken into account in order to create a whole picture of what could potentially be causing your infertility.

Ovulation Monitoring:

Tracking ovulation can be done through blood tests to measure hormone levels and by monitoring basal body temperature and cervical mucus changes.

Imaging Studies:

In some cases, imaging studies like ultrasounds might be performed to check for structural abnormalities in the reproductive organs.

Diagnostic Procedures:

Depending on the initial assessments, further diagnostic procedures might be recommended. These can include hysterosalpingography (HSG) to check for blockages in the fallopian tubes or laparoscopy to investigate issues like endometriosis.

Semen Analysis:

A semen analysis can be conducted to evaluate sperm count as well as the size and shape of the sperm to determine male infertility.

Sperm DNA Fragmentation Testing:

In some cases of male infertility, sperm DNA fragmentation testing might be conducted to assess sperm quality at a genetic level.

Based on the results of the assessments, your fertility specialist will develop a personalized treatment plan. This might involve lifestyle changes, supplements, peptides, coaching and education, neural therapy, and more. 

possible causes for infertility

What are Possible Causes of Infertility?

There are many symptoms and/or conditions that can contribute to infertility. When the underlying health issue is identified, functional and holistic fertility treatments can effectively address it. 
  • Endometriosis
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Digestive issues
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
  • Dryness of the vaginal area
  • Chronic issues
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Absence of ovulation
  • Insulin resistance
  • Undiagnosed thyroid dysfunctions
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Cortisol Imbalance
  • Gut Infections
  • Vaginal infections
  • Low sperm count
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Low testosterone

While male infertility can also be affected by some of the above items, it can also be caused by low sperm production or structural problems in the male reproductive system.

How Long Should We Try To Conceive Before Seeking Fertility Testing?

Couples are typically advised to try to conceive for at least one year before considering fertility testing (or six months if the person is 35 or older) unless there are known factors that could affect fertility. Factors that might affect fertility include a history of sexually transmitted infections or concerns about unexplained infertility. Additionally, if there is a history of abnormal vaginal bleeding, it is important to seek the guidance of a fertility specialist earlier in the process. Monitoring a person’s menstrual cycle can be important when deciding the appropriate timing for infertility testing.

Ways To Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Are There Natural Ways To Improve Fertility Before Undergoing Medical Testing?

Yes, the above-mentioned steps are great places to start when it comes to improving your fertility. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing stress can potentially positively affect fertility. However, if you’ve been trying for a year or more to conceive (or six months or more to conceive if you are 35 or older), it might be time to speak with a functional and holistic fertility specialist. They can guide you through the process of infertility issues and reproductive medicine and help to identify any underlying health condition that is causing infertility in the first place.
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What Treatment is Available for Fertility Problems?

If you’ve been struggling with becoming pregnant, functional and holistic medicine might be the solution you need to address and treat your infertility. The treatment methods are completely natural and utilize a whole-person approach that takes into account the role your physical, mental, and emotional health plays in your overall health and fertility.

Treatment with a functional and holistic fertility specialist will typically involve a combination of nutritional therapy (oral or IV), neural therapy, herbs, minerals, peptides, coaching and education, and ongoing support to ensure you’re correctly following the treatment plan. The exact approach to treatment will vary for each person based on their specific needs and situation.

Some people believe that assisted reproductive technology treatments such as IVF are the answer to treating infertility – which is not necessarily true. Aside from being extremely expensive, IVF and similar treatments can be ineffective, since they do not address the true underlying issue causing infertility in the first place.

Do Appointments with a Fertility Specialist Have to Be In Person?

Consultations and other appointments offer flexibility and can be conducted through telehealth visits or in-person visits. If blood work is required as a part of your evaluation, your fertility specialist will send you to a nearby functional laboratory for testing.

Functional Infertility Treatment with Road to Fertility

Road to Fertility specializes in functional medicine for fertility issues. Dr. Marina Yuabova and her compassionate team treat infertility with natural treatments that work in harmony with your body. We approach infertility by combining functional medicine with quantum energy and quantum diagnostics, which are turned into healing energies. All of our treatments are natural and are tailored to your body’s specific needs. If the body is having a difficult time becoming pregnant, there is a specific underlying issue that first should be addressed. Once that issue is resolved, then the body can be ready to become pregnant. 

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