As more and more people—both men and women alike—are searching for cure to infertility, it is important to recognize and understand your medical history and know results of your physical examination.
There are various tests that can be administered to pinpoint whether a man or a woman is infertile. These tests are also aimed at finding the root cause of infertility in a person. Some of the most common tests are:
- Monitoring your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) – This is done every morning the moment you wake and before you perform any physical activity. Before you arise, take your BBT first. A temperature increase of 0.4 to 1.0 degree Fahrenheit is usually related with ovulation.
- Semen Analysis – The male semen, particularly his sperm is an important factor to affect fertility. To do this test, men are advised to avoid sexual intercourse for 2 to 3 days. A sample of his semen is then collected and sent to the lab to test for volume, viscosity, motility, swimming speed, shape and most importantly, sperm count.
- Monitoring your Cervical Mucus – The woman’s cervical mucus is an indicator of fertility. The density and texture of your cervical mucus changes as you undergo your ovulation cycle. To know if you are fertile and ovulating, your mucus should be slippery and stretchy.
- Home Kit Test – You can test your fertility using a kit for home use. This can allow couples to test luteinizing hormones in the urine. It can also help predict your next fertile days so you can time your sexual intercourse.
- Check for Cystic Growths – The growth of cysts in the reproductive system particularly in the ovaries and uterus can be a cause for infertility. Make sure that you undergo a pelvic examination to make sure that you are free from infertility-causing cysts.
Treatment Considerations for Infertility
Before you and your partner undergo any form of treatment for infertility, it may be best if you involve yourselves in some form of counseling first to talk and express about your individual concerns and anxieties. Also, it is important that you and your partner thoroughly discuss all possible options and be sure to make that decision together and as a couple.
How to Prevent Infertility
Infertility is not a common condition nowadays. However, this condition can be prevented. Some of the major precursors of infertility are certain illnesses such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD). These diseases include Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. To avoid these, always make sure that you practice safe sex.
Mumps have also been found to cause infertility in men.
For women, some birth control methods such as IUD (intrauterine device) can cause infertility. So for women who have not yet conceived any children, IUDs are not advisable.
Remember that prevention is always better than cure. Be vigilant on your body’s health. Go for an infertility test today or find natural ways to reverse infertility.