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A 27-year-old member asked:

how can you know if you are infertile?

8 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Victor Beshay
Fertility Medicine 20 years experience
Time: Infertility is failure to conceive after 1 year of intercourse and attempted conception. If the female partner is over the age of 35, then 6 months duration is used instead.
Dr. Julian Escobar
Specializes in Fertility Medicine
Consult an MD: Basic testing can be performed by your obgyn, more advanced testing/treatment is usually done by a reproductive endocrinologist. If there is male factor, usually urologists will work-up the male.
Dr. Sy Le
Dr. Sy Le answered
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
Your history: One should seek help after 1 yr of trying. If the woman has regular cycles and is unable to conceive after 2-3 years, either her husband has very poor sperm count or motility or she has serious problems such as tubal disease, pelvic adhesions, or endometriosis. Most couple with 3 yrs of infertility will eventually need ivf. Women whose cycles are > 32 days will need medications to ovulate better.
Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
Infertility Doctor: If you having been trying to become pregnant for 6-12 months, then a proper evaluation is appropriate. The term infertile is really a bad name because it implies you cannot become pregnant. That is rarely the case, but there may be certain factors that make it more difficult. A fertility specialist can help go through those with you.
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 25 years experience
Fertility evaluation: Infertility evaluation involves confirmation of ovulation, patency of fallopian tubes, and assessment of sperm characteristics. Abnormalities in any one of these may make it more difficult to conceive, even with history of previous live birth(s). This evaluation can be started by seeing your ob/gyn or an infertility specialist.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Not pregnant...: If you do not become pregnant after 1 year of unprotected sex with a fertile partner, you are considered infertile. Most women, however, would not wait that long before having an evaluation.
Dr. Michael Fox
Fertility Medicine 34 years experience
Definition: In your age group, 1 year of unprotected intercourse without pregnancy. Also if you have cycles that range longer than 30 days, you are at much higher risk of infertility and higher risk of miscarriage and should seek help now as opposed to waiting a year. Best of luck.
Dr. Kenneth Spielvogel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Infertile: If you are concerned regarding fertility, quite simply, see a Board Certified Gynecologist. The workup will involve Semen Analysis, Blood Hormone profiles, an ultrasound, an XRAY to view the uterine cavity and to see if your tubes are open. In addition, a full history and physical exam will be performed including a pap smear and screening for sexually transmitted infections.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Any way to know if you are infertile without seeing a doctor?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
Irregular cycles: Irregular or skipped menstrual periods suggest ovulatory problems, which interferes with normal fertility; this doesn't usually render a woman totally infertile though. Most everything else requires a doctor's evaluation.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

How will i know that my husband is infertile?

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Get a Semen Analysis: If you're trying to conceive without success, your husband needs a semen analysis; we find sperm problems 40-50% of the time, ranging from mild to severe problems. A fertility clinic or urologist is best; we look at both sperm numbers and quality. About half the time the sperm issue is the only problem, and the other half have male and female factors together, like blocked tubes or low egg supply.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How to know if im infertile or not? What are the test?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: You have to be evaluated clinically to answer this question - usual test include serum testing, test for tubal patency (hsg), ultrasound evaluation, and semen analysis for male partners. I do not know if 47 is your correct age, but if so your likelihood of being fertile is extremely low, i'm sorry to say.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How can I know whether I am infertile?

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Dr. Seth Derman
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
Try: Infertility is defined as the lack of pregnancy after a year of unprotected intercourse though we sometimes evaluate and treat after only 6 mos. When a couple meets these criteria they have infertility.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

Explain how to know when I'm infertile?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Ovulation prediction: The most simple way is to use an ovulation prediction kit. You can buy them without a prescription in a pharmacy. You count 12 days from the start of your period and start testing your urine every day until it turns positive. There are also apps for your phone that will help you calculate your fertile window based on your menstrual history. Not a great way to prevent pregnancy. Best wishes!

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