I have been married for 6 months and have been trying to get pregnant. I have not become pregnant yet. Should I be worried? Should I see a doctor?
You can wait for at least one year before you begin investigations. If your periods are irregular or if you are nearing 35 years of age it will be better to see a doctor right away. While you are trying it is important to take folic acid (B group vitamin tablet), which will help the baby’s brain to grown normally. It is important to make sure that your weight is within the normal range.
How does increasing age affect my chance of conceiving?
As you grow older, the number of eggs in your ovaries keeps reducing. After 35 years of age, the number of eggs begins to drop and by forty years of age, most women have only a few eggs remaining. So it is best to start trying bright and early.
Does my husband have to be checked? If so when?
Yes. It is very important for us to see if your husband has normal numbers of sperms with good movement and appearance. We always test both of you together soon after your first visit.
What is the difference between impotence and infertility?
Impotence is the inability to perform sex while infertility means a delay in conceiving.
After intercourse, most of the semen leaks out through my vagina. Is that normal?
Sperms are suspended in a fluid called semen. Losing some fluid part of the semen is normal. The sperms however are capable of moving and they stay within the vagina. They are not lost completely and in men with normal sperm numbers, there are enough sperms to fertilize the egg. So there is nothing to worry about this.
Which is the fertile time of the month?
It was previously believed that the best time to have intercourse was between days 8 and 18 if you were trying for a baby. It is now advised the its best to have intercourse every 2 days after your periods. This is because the egg survives only for 24 hours. The sperm however survives for longer than 48 hours. Therefore, having intercourse every 2-3 days will ensure that sperms are present always whenever the egg is released.