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Published on July 12, 2016

When the Road to Having a Baby Is Long

Couple stressing about infertility

When the Road to Having a Baby Is Long

For couples experiencing difficulties getting pregnant, the journey of having a baby can seem long. Join Tamer Yalcinkaya, MD, a reproductive endocrinology-infertility specialist with Carolinas Fertility Institute, as he talks about the challenges some couples face and information to help them along the way.

Q: I have been trying for 10 years to have a child. My fiancé has 4. What do I need to do extra? I have been to a doctor briefly and they said I am ok.

A: Make sure your fallopian tubes have been checked with a dye test x-ray), and your partner  has had a recent sperm test. Has your egg reserve been checked with a timed blood test (FSH) or AMH, especially if you are older than 35? Ordinarily, infertility of such long duration would warrant IVF treatment. You need a formal consult with a specialist, like me.

Q: Suggestions on what to do after 4 failed IUI attempts?

A: IVF would be the next step, after a thorough review that your fallopian tubes, uterus, egg reserve ( a blood test) and your partner's sperm have been checked.