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Fertility Road Magazine 46 - September/October 2018

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The latest issue of Fertility Road Magzine brings you our latest Fertility Journeys update, a closer look at stress and infertility, natural approaches to endometriosis and a how your weight can affect your chances of getting pregnant plus lots, lots more.

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MIND STRESS & FERTILITY EXPERT: Colette Assor Our clinic is seeing an increased number of women with a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. Tests and scan results come back as normal, but women are still struggling to conceive. The infertility roller coaster can be a stressful journey. What is unexplained infertility? Unexplained infertility is diagnosed when a couple has been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for 12 months or more and all investigations have ruled out all other known explanations. Living with a medically unexplained diagnosis can be both a relief and a cause of anxiety for patients. On one hand, your specialists have effectively ruled out several undesirable causes for your symptoms but on the other hand, you are still living with those symptoms. For couples who have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, this can be particularly frustrating as it gives you no explanation as to why you’re struggling to start a family. How Specialists Reach a Diagnosis of Unexplained Infertility There are many causes and risk factors related to infertility and your doctor will explore all of these pathways when making a diagnosis. In general, infertility can be defined as the inability to get pregnant, carry a pregnancy to term and deliver a baby. Male Infertility Tests For male infertility specialists will look at factors that include: • sperm size, shape, number and mobility • the presence of varicoceles (enlarged veins in the scrotum) • blockages of sperm-carrying ducts • the presence of infections, cancer and STIs • hormonal imbalances • risk factors such as excessive weight, smoking, alcohol and drug abuse and a history of fertility disorders Female Infertility Tests To diagnose female infertility your specialist may look for: • polycystic ovarian syndrome • premature ovarian failure • blocked or damaged fallopian tubes • the presence of polyps or fibroids in the uterus • endometriosis • an abnormally shaped uterus • period irregularity and irregular menstrual cycle length • weight gain, facial hair growth and lifestyle factors | fertilityroadmag | follow us @fertilityroad | 23

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