Dr. Reh, who sees patients out of SGF’s Arlington office, joined Good Morning Washington to discuss fertility testing, egg freezing, a common fertility myth, and when it’s time to see a fertility specialist.
“There are fertility tests that women can do to get a sense of what their egg quantity is and talking with a specialist can give some idea of what egg quality would be predicted to be. There are options with egg freezing right now that would really be the best option for women looking to extend those reproductive years,” explains Dr. Reh.
Women and men questioning their fertility potential can find answers through a series of fertility tests also known as prescreening or the diagnostic work-up. Seeing a specialist for fertility testing provides answers in as little as a month.
Many women, both with or without medical necessity, are choosing to preserve their egg quality and quantity until the timing is right and they are ready to have a baby. The increasingly popular Egg Freezing Program at Shady Grove Fertility offers an accessible and streamlined approach to care with fertility testing followed by a physician consultation, various financial options, and promising pregnancy rates for women who want to extend their fertility.
You may be asking, “When is it the right time to see a fertility specialist?” Dr. Reh discusses the recommended guidelines:
“We recommend that women talk to a specialist if they are under 35 and it’s been a year with regular cycles. If they’re over 35, as soon as 6 months is a good idea to get testing done to at least learn what your options are. And over 40 years old, we say 3 months because time is of the essence at that point.”
When navigating the fertility world, it’s common for patients to encounter myths associated with getting pregnant. A myth that has persisted for decades is that stress is a source of infertility and unsuccessful fertility treatment. Although there has been no consistent support of this theory, myths about stress and infertility perpetuate.
“When a lot of people are trying to conceive, well-meaning friends and relatives will say ‘just relax it’s going to happen’ and for most couples, it will. But for patients with infertility, that’s probably not the best advice and really they are best served by seeing a specialist.”
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