When Should You Undergo Fertility Testing? By jodorsett on September 09, 2020

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Fertility testing plays an important role in family planning. It's often a starting point for those who have had difficulty conceiving, but it can also be beneficial for people planning to have children in the future. 

Whether you're trying to conceive or planning to do so in the future, consulting a fertility clinic can help improve your chances of becoming pregnant. So when should you undergo fertility testing? Dr. Janelle Dorsett can answer this and more during personal consultations at her clinic in Lubbox, TX. Let's take a moment to consider when some patients may best benefit from fertility testing.

When Is the Right Time?

The right time to begin fertility testing is unique to each person or couple. While many people who undergo fertility testing do so because of issues with becoming pregnant, that's not always the case. Some women may decide to undergo fertility testing years before they plan on having children to get an idea of what their fertility looks like and how much time they may have left before their fertility declines.

There are many circumstances that can make it the “right time” for fertility testing. Here are just a few reasons our Lubbock patients may consider when deciding when to undergo fertility testing.

Fertility Testing for Infertility

Difficulty becoming pregnant is one of the most common reasons people undergo fertility testing. It's generally recommended that fertility testing should be performed in couples who have not become pregnant after a year of trying.

However, if you are over the age of 35, you may benefit from undergoing fertility testing sooner if you are unable to become pregnant after trying to conceive for six months.

Fertility Testing for the Future

For some women, undergoing fertility testing before they are ready to have children can help them with planning for motherhood in the future. Female fertility begins to wane as women age. Fertility testing when you are in your mid to late twenties and thirties can help you get a better idea of how long they have before your fertility declines too much to have children. In particular, fertility testing can evaluate egg reserve and give them an idea of how soon they should act or how long they can wait.

It can also help identify issues, like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), that may present a challenge to becoming pregnant down the line. By identifying potential fertility issues early and before trying to become pregnant, it can allow women to prepare for having children in the future.

Schedule a Consultation

Deciding when to undergo fertility testing is a personal choice and one that can help individuals and couples get a better understanding of their fertility. Fertility testing can help pinpoint what may be making it difficult to become pregnant now or what might lead to fertility issues in the future.

If you are considering fertility testing or have other questions about fertility issues, please call (806) 788-1212 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett at the Lubbock based Centre for Reproductive Medicine.

The Centre for Reproductive Medicine

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our warm, highly trained team provide the tools you need to start or add to your family. Dr. Dorsett is a board-certified fertility specialist and is an associate clinical professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She is a member of the:

  • American College in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Society of Reproductive Medicine (Fellow)

Schedule a consultation to learn more by sending us a message or calling our office at (806) 788-1212

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