When you’re ready to try for a baby, any delay can feel like it’s taking up entirely too much of your time. You just want to get a positive result on your pregnancy test and start this new chapter of your life — and the sooner the better. But there are a few simple things to find out before your check your fertility at a doctor’s office. You just might be able to get that baby started without any help from the pros.
This is not to downplay the importance of your doctor’s guidance at this point in your life. But for many couples, getting their fertility tested can be a stressful (and sometimes expensive) undertaking. It’s smart to make sure you aren’t just experiencing a case of bad timing, for instance, that could be remedied with a calendar and some at-home ovulation tests. And even if you do wind up at the doctor’s office down the line, being able to go over the steps you have taken to ensure conception may help your physician provide a diagnosis. Although it’s normal, and perhaps unavoidable, to feel anxious and concerned about your fertility, you can take charge of it now to give yourself the best odds of conceiving.