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Why You Should Check on Your Fertility Every Year

Gynecology ExamThere are many reasons you should have a medical checkup on your fertility every year. Look: Don’t wait until you have signs and symptoms that something is wrong with your reproductive system before making an appointment. You must see your gynecologist regularly – every year. Yearly checkups go beyond a Pap smear. Bottom Line: Be proactive with your fertility health in the upcoming New Year.

Yearly Fertility Checkup

Don’t be timid about your fertility health. Be assured: Your gynecology team will never be judgmental. If you change sexual partners in the span of a year – more than one checkup is advisable to protect your fertility.

  • STDs Screening
  • Vital Signs Check
  • Birth Control Update
  • Period Regularity
  • Breast and Pelvic Organs Feel Check

STDs Screening

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) typically don’t have any outward symptoms. You should be tested for STDs even if the bacteria or virus in your body does not manifest certain unpleasant signs and symptoms. Use condoms to prevent the spread of STDs that are at an all-time high in the U.S. per the CDC.

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis

Vital Signs Check

A slightly elevated blood pressure can increase your risk of heart disease. Hypertension is a silent killer because you may not experience any obvious signs or symptoms. You must have your vital signs check yearly – or – more often if you are experiencing discomfort.

  • Blood Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Height
  • Weight
  • BMI

Birth Control Update

It is important to have a conversation with your doctor if you are feeling uneasy about your birth control. You may be experiencing a hormonal change. Your current birth control may be disrupting your lifestyle. Check with your doctor about using another method.

Period Regularity

Both heavy and light menstrual cycles are of concern to your fertility.

  • Regular periods?
  • Irregular periods?
  • Cramping?
  • Heavy bleeding?
  • Light bleeding?

These are all concerns to be addressed with your doctor.

Breast and Pelvic Organs Check

Every year – you should undergo a Pap smear to screen-out any potential risk of cervical cancer. Microscopic cells are collected from your cervix during the exam. Your gynecologist also feel-checks your breast and pelvic organs – cervix, uterus, ovaries.

Fertility Awareness

Pregnancy success is reliant on many patient-focused variables.

  • Age
  • Infertility diagnosis
  • History of previous pregnancies
  • History of previous miscarriages
  • Number of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen embryo transfers
  • Number of embryos transferred in a single cycle
  • IVF protocol recommended
  • IVF ancillary procedures used – ICSI, Assisted Hatching, In Vitro Maturation
  • Genetic Testing – NICS PGD PGS
  • Gender Selection

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Challenging Patients Welcome

We don’t refuse those patients diagnosed as a challenging case. At New Hope Fertility Center, we welcome patients rejected by other fertility specialists because they are deemed to be too much of a risk for their pregnancy stats.

  • No refusals based on a woman’s advanced maternal age
  • No refusals based on low FSH levels
  • No refusals based on the number of potential eggs (follicles) a woman can produce per fresh cycle
  • No refusals because a woman does not respond well to fertility medication

One Good Egg Policy

Customized IVF care is the best. It only takes one good egg and one healthy sperm to make a baby. Our focus is to help you produce good quality eggs during a fresh IVF cycle – not a high quantity of eggs using large doses of injectable fertility medications.

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It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.

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