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    Default Does anyone know what the risk factors for infertility are?

    I'm 26, DH is 30. We've been TTC for 13 months, and are deciding whether to go see a FS.

    I'm trying to figure out if we have any real risk factors, and DR Google isn't being kind Can you help? Here's some info about us:

    - We are both in the healthy weight range (my BMI is 20, DH's is 25)

    - We don't smoke

    - We don't drink alcohol (aside from one glass of wine at special events)

    - We exercise regularly (DH 30 mins cardio per day, me 30 mins cardio & 30 mins strength training per day)

    - Neither of us have remotely stressful jobs

    - We eat healthy, balanced diets with mainly whole grains, fresh fruit, fresh veg, white meat 3 times per week, red twice a week, seafood once and vegetarian the last

    - We don't consume a lot of caffiene ... We each have the equivalent of one coffee per day, no fizzy drinks, no energy drinks, no chocolate etc.

    I can't understand why it is not happening for us?? Has anyone else ever appeared perfectly healthy, young, fit etc and still been infertile?

    TIA!

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    Have you googled unexplained infertility?

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    Have you TTC using the ovulation sticks that tell you your prime baby-making times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Have you googled unexplained infertility?
    Yep. Seems to not really be a diagnosis, but more a 'I have no idea what's wrong with you - I give up' statement. I don't like it

    Quote Originally Posted by Hannahly View Post
    Have you TTC using the ovulation sticks that tell you your prime baby-making times?
    Yep! I chart and use opks. According to my temps and opks I do ovulate ... And we always make sure to DTD from the first +opk for four nights after.

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    I'd see a FS - no harm right? Sorry you having a time of it, and I hope that it's a simple solution for you and partner to conceive. I'm sorry I'm out for other advice.

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    How do I say this unoffensively... Have you ever had an std? Ever been checked? Infections such as chlamydia and gonhorrea can cause blocked tubes and scarring in the pelvic area. You would never feel it as it's not painful, it's got nothing to do with diet/exercise but the only way to find out is to see a gyno/fs to go and have a look around in there.

    Has your DH had a sperm check? There are many reasons why the swimmers may not be doing their job, healthy lifestyle is only one factor..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoopuf View Post
    I'm 26, DH is 30. We've been TTC for 13 months, and are deciding whether to go see a FS.

    I'm trying to figure out if we have any real risk factors, and DR Google isn't being kind Can you help? Here's some info about us:

    - We are both in the healthy weight range (my BMI is 20, DH's is 25)

    - We don't smoke

    - We don't drink alcohol (aside from one glass of wine at special events)

    - We exercise regularly (DH 30 mins cardio per day, me 30 mins cardio & 30 mins strength training per day)

    - Neither of us have remotely stressful jobs

    - We eat healthy, balanced diets with mainly whole grains, fresh fruit, fresh veg, white meat 3 times per week, red twice a week, seafood once and vegetarian the last

    - We don't consume a lot of caffiene ... We each have the equivalent of one coffee per day, no fizzy drinks, no energy drinks, no chocolate etc.

    I can't understand why it is not happening for us?? Has anyone else ever appeared perfectly healthy, young, fit etc and still been infertile?

    TIA!
    Has your partner had a sperm ananylis?

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    DH and I started TTC back in 2009. With no success we got the ball rolling to see a FS. All the tests the GP did for both of us came back fine. FS did further testing which again came back fine. We fit into the unexplained infertility box unfortunately and are both under 30 years old.

    Thankfully, IVF has been successful for us and I am now almost 37 weeks pregnant. It was a long road to get here, but I am glad we didn't put off seeing a FS otherwise we may still be TTC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannahly View Post
    I'd see a FS - no harm right? Sorry you having a time of it, and I hope that it's a simple solution for you and partner to conceive. I'm sorry I'm out for other advice.
    Thanks The thing is, intellectually I know that it makes sense to see a fertility specialist, but I guess at the moment I'm just feeling a bit like it isn't very fair. I don't understand why we can't be one of the couples who falls easily, when it feels like we are trying so very ver hard to do all the right things. That's all.

    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    How do I say this unoffensively... Have you ever had an std? Ever been checked? Infections such as chlamydia and gonhorrea can cause blocked tubes and scarring in the pelvic area. You would never feel it as it's not painful, it's got nothing to do with diet/exercise but the only way to find out is to see a gyno/fs to go and have a look around in there.

    Has your DH had a sperm check? There are many reasons why the swimmers may not be doing their job, healthy lifestyle is only one factor..
    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    Has your partner had a sperm ananylis?
    Nah DH hasn't had a sperm test. We have both had STD checks though, and everything was negative and we've only been with each other since.

    I know that healthy lifestyle is only one factor ... Doesn't make it any easier to accept.

    Quote Originally Posted by summastarlet View Post
    DH and I started TTC back in 2009. With no success we got the ball rolling to see a FS. All the tests the GP did for both of us came back fine. FS did further testing which again came back fine. We fit into the unexplained infertility box unfortunately and are both under 30 years old.

    Thankfully, IVF has been successful for us and I am now almost 37 weeks pregnant. It was a long road to get here, but I am glad we didn't put off seeing a FS otherwise we may still be TTC.
    I'm so glad it worked out for you guys

    Thanks for all your replies. I am just feeling rubbish and sort of gypped, that's all. The hardest part is that I don't have the answers, and neither does anyone else. I just hate feeling so out of control is all. Leading a healthy lifestyle and doing all of the above makes me feel like we are at least doing *something* to control the situation.

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    Hi. Totally understandable how you feel. Hugs. Just consider going to see a FS as another positive step you are taking, along with the fantastic healthy lifestyle you are living, towards your family. At least you are doing everything within your control to give you the best possible chances, including seeking specialist advice and assistance.


 

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