When Should We See an Infertility Specialist?
The golden rule for infertility treatment is that you should be evaluated if you are younger than thirty-five and have been trying unsuccessfully for over a year, or if you are older than thirty-five and have been trying for six months or more.
There are exceptions to this rule, however. Having had multiple miscarriages or pregnancy losses is an indication that you may need help figuring out the cause. If you know that you or your partner has a medical or genetic issue that may impact your fertility, it may be beneficial to see the doctor much earlier. Examples of such medical conditions include:
Varicoceles (essentially a varicose vein in the penis)
Certain genetic diseases
Structural defects in the reproductive organs
Irregular or absent menstrual cycles
Polycystic ovary syndrome
All should be evaluated by your gynecologist (or urologist in the case of male factor infertility), who may be able to offer preliminary advice or even recommend that you see a RE immediately.