January 3, 2019

Will 2019 be the year I have a Baby?

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You may be one of many asking this question as 2019 dawns.  Some maybe expecting it to happen soon, but one in six couples could be asking the question because they will need help to conceive.

You may be one of many asking this question as 2019 dawns. Some maybe expecting it to happen soon, but one in six couples could be asking the question because they will need help to conceive.

Not being able to conceive naturally is an experience that strikes at the very core of who we are – our sense of self , connection to others, values, roles, goals and dreams. There are numerous reasons why people might to look at getting help to achieve their dreams of a family. It may be due to male, female or unexplained infertility, people wanting to parent alone or same sex couples.

Whatever the reason, it’s a journey that very few are trained or prepared for.

“If you would like to understand more about the tests and treatments which are available to you, we will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 2 February”Sarah Walt

Some say if they had to look back, they would have done things differently, tested themselves, and possibly even started trying for their family earlier.

The government Health Statement in November 2018 was “Prevention is better than cure”. As infertility was defined in 2009 by the World Health Organisation as a disease – we should empower people with knowledge, confidence and opportunities to make informed, healthy choices in preventing disease of any kind.

Age, lifestyles, diet and core health all affect our fertility, which we need to take as seriously as other diseases. We have tests at our GP to check cholesterol, glucose, we have mammograms, prostate tests, with our aim being to prevent future disease.

The good news is that there are specific fertility tests available for both men and women.

Females

An AMH blood test will give an indication of your ovarian reserve, and along with a scan of your uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries will allow an overview of the healthiness of your reproductive organs.

Males

A semen analysis can assess the health of your sperm. It will show how many sperm you have, whether they move correctly and whether they are healthy.

Even if you aren’t planning to have children yet, forewarned is forearmed. Nowadays, there are so many choices available and it may also be that you decide to preserve your fertility form when you are ready for a family.

There is already wide discussion and trends for young women to freeze their eggs so they can start a family later.

For young men, this is possible too. It may be taboo to discuss, but with male infertility being 50% of the issue, sperm preservation may mean that when you eventually do feel the time is right, you will be able to fulfil your dreams to father a child of your own.

And while tests and fertility preservation exist we can also take steps to help prevent infertility. Education is a key factor to this, with several recommendations to be made namely:

Practice safe sex and avoid STD’s ( a high contributing factor to infertility), avoid alcohol, smoking and recreational drugs, get plenty of exercise, follow a healthy, balanced diet and avoid obesity.

If your plans for 2019 include trying to have a baby and you need some help to conceive, please remember that support is just a phone call away.

For more information we have two open evening events per month and if you would like a more personal approach we also offer a free one to one appointment with one of our fertility experts who can discuss in details the options available to you and personalise the advice according to your own personal circumstances.

Finally, whatever your hopes for the next 12 months we’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year