Trying to get pregnant can be a lot of fun. At least that’s the case until the stress of not getting pregnant after months of trying starts to wear you down. With more than 25 years of experience in women’s healthcare, Myles Kobren, MD understands your frustration. If you’re looking for answers about fertility, he can help at his offices in Syosset or Whitestone, New York. Call the office or use the online booking agent today to schedule an appointment.
Infertility is defined as a woman’s inability to conceive after one year of having regular unprotected sex. For women 35 years and older, infertility is six months of unprotected sex without conception.
Infertility is also a term used for women who can get pregnant but unable to carry to term, resulting in a miscarriage or stillborn birth.
If you’ve been trying for three months or more and aren’t pregnant, Dr. Kobren would be happy to schedule an appointment for an examination. He might be able to determine why you’re having difficulty and offer guidance, such as using an ovulation kit.
An ovulation kit helps you track when you’re ovulating, or releasing an egg. The kit can measure luteinizing hormone levels in your urine. Luteinizing hormone levels increase during ovulation.
Ovulation varies for women depending on the length of their cycle but typically occurs two weeks before menstruation. For example, if you have a 28-day cycle, you would begin ovulation testing on day 11. Dr. Kobren can help determine when you should test for ovulation.
Dr. Kobren may recommend a blood test to determine fertility. He might test for various hormones, including:
Dr. Kobren may also test your thyroid and pituitary hormone levels. A malfunctioning thyroid or pituitary gland can affect ovulation.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your chances, including:
It's also critical to reach a healthy weight, whether you’re overweight or underweight. Your pre-pregnancy weight affects the birth weight of your baby, even if you’re eating correctly and gaining the right amount of weight. You should also stop drinking and smoking.
If you’re experiencing infertility -- or suspect that you are -- schedule an appointment with Dr. Kobren so he can diagnose your condition and refer you to a specialist.