Yet, many young adults have experienced significant conditions, which could severely impair their reproductive life. In men, conditions like mumps, undescended testicles, previous infection or surgery in the genital area could affect semen production or sperm transport and reduce your ability to conceive.
For women, previous genital infections like Chlamydia, major pelvic or abdominal surgery, diagnosis of PID or endometriosis or a family history of premature menopause, endometriosis or fibroids could significantly reduce your likelihood to conceive or shorten your reproductive window. Egg (oocyte) freezing could offer the possibility to preserve fertility in circumstances where a risk of ovarian failure exists. You should consider an early assessment and a reproductive plan.
During a Reproductive Planning visit I will help you understand how fertility works and discuss with you potential issues that need attention, based on your personal history. In preparation, you should set aside time to think about important questions like:
- Could there be something in my past and present that reduces my chances to conceive?
- Anybody in my family with major medical complaints, including infertility?
- When do I want to have a child?
- How much time I am prepared to spend for this to happen?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions you should consider planning your reproductive life early
- Do I have major medical conditions?
- Did I have any surgery in the past?
- Did I have any surgery to my abdomen?
- Is it possible that I had a pelvic infection in the past?
- Did I have radio or chemotherapy?
- Was I ever diagnosed with endometriosis or fibroids?
- Any female in my family diagnosed with endometriosis?
- Do I take recreational drugs?
- Did I receive trauma or surgery to my testicles?