Fertility FAQs


At SpringCreek Fertility we understand that for couples experiencing difficulty achieving a pregnancy, the ability to conceive is elusive. The uncertainty can at times be overwhelming and the questions are numerous. Here is a list of Fertility FAQs that we commonly get:

The day you start your menstrual period is “Day 1.” Around “Day 14″ you may ovulate and release an egg. The egg is viable for 24 hours so this is your most fertile time. However, not all women ovulate on “Day 14.” Some ovulate earlier and some later. Some women do not ovulate at all. Your ovulation pattern can vary month to month. Even if you are getting your period, that does not mean you are ovulating.

Fibroids located on the outer surface of the uterus or within the muscle wall of the uterus are unlikely to be the sole cause of a couple’s infertility. Fibroids within the internal cavity of the uterus are much more likely to make it difficult to become pregnant and may also increase the risk of miscarriage.
One way of determining when you ovulate is to take your basal body temperature every morning and record it on a chart. Three or four months should be adequate to share with your doctor. You can also buy an ovulation predictor kit.

Severe endometriosis can distort pelvic anatomy, making it difficult for the fallopian tubes to pick up eggs. The connection between milder endometriosis and infertility is less clear. Some experts believe that substances produced by endometriosis may be toxic to eggs, sperm and/or embryos.

In women with polycystic ovary syndrome, the ovary doesn’t make all of the hormones it needs for an egg to fully mature. The follicles may start to grow and build up fluid, but ovulation does not occur. Instead, some follicles may remain as cysts. For these reasons, ovulation does not occur and the hormone progesterone is not made. Without progesterone, a woman’s menstrual cycle is irregular or absent. Plus, the ovaries produce male hormones, which also prevent ovulation.

Most physicians advise you not to be concerned unless you have been trying to conceive for at least one year and are under 35. If you are over 35 and have been trying for 6 months, you should consult a physician. If you are over 30 and have a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, painful periods, miscarriage, irregular cycles, or if you know that your partner has a low sperm count, do not wait one year. Consult your OB/GYN.
Sperm can live for approximately 48 hours in the woman’s reproductive tract. It is important to have sexual intercourse at this time. It is a good idea to have intercourse every other day around the time you ovulate. [Day 10, 12, 14, and 16.] Remember that every woman ovulates at a different time. To increase your chances of becoming pregnant, do not douche or use lubricants immediately before or after intercourse.

Because egg quality declines with advancing age, it takes longer for women to conceive as they get older and the risk of miscarriage is higher. However, that does not preclude the possibility of having a successful pregnancy. Be aware that the medical risk of pregnancy increases with age, including the risk of gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Women who have had one miscarriage have no increased risk of miscarriage in future pregnancies. There does appear to be an increased risk of pregnancy loss if a second miscarriage occurs, and this risk substantially increases after three miscarriages.

Egg donors may be either anonymous or designated. Most IVF programs have a list of young, fertile women who are willing to donate eggs anonymously. An egg donor is chosen by the couple based on physical characteristics, age and other non-identifying characteristics. Some couples choose to use a relative or friend as an egg donor.

Significant stress can cause ovulation abnormalities, but if ovulatory function is normal, there is no firm evidence that worrying about becoming pregnant is a cause of infertility.

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