Fertility is a natural part of life, but oftentimes it’s a topic not discussed in depth. You may hear someone ask about kids or starting a family at some point in a woman’s life (not often something asked of a man), but we don’t often chat about the workings of fertility and the cases of infertility that affect many women and couples trying to conceive.
There’s a need for better communication on the subject and this doesn’t just include couples or someone who is ready to start their family. It’s important for young women to understand not only how to prevent conception, but also how to preserve their family building options for their future. Below are four key moments when you should consider speaking out to your gynecologist about testing or next steps, even if you are nowhere near ready to have babies yet.
- As you reach your late 20’s to early 30’s
- If you have irregular menstrual cycles
- If you have a family history of fertility issues
- If you have PCOS or Endometriosis
Most of the time you should consider reaching out when you are experiencing issues or have a history that might lead you to believe there could be some potential issues down the road, but you should also be aware that aging also reduces your chances of conception. While there are many women well in to their 40’s who are able to conceive with no issue and even women who have irregular menstrual cycles or a condition known to affect fertility that also have several children, this is not always the case and these are often a good indicator that your chances of fertility issues are higher and you should consider getting checked out further.
The first steps often involve making an appointment with your gynecologist and having them do a quick run-through of your concerns. Be sure to mention anything that seems out of the ordinary with your cycle or weird symptoms you may experience. Once you have chatted about the concerns, they may offer a simple blood test that will help to give you an idea where you are for your age and health.
Today is the day to start the conversation and take charge of your fertility. It’s important that we understand how our bodies work and that while we may not be ready to start a family, we should be aware of the possibility of issues down the road and keeping ahead of them before it’s too late.