Having a baby seems like one of the most natural things, and when you start seeing babies everywhere, the last thing you\u2019d expect is how difficult it can be to actually conceive one!\u00a0 Today, we have Dr Natasha, a Fertility Specialist who found her passion in assisting couples to conceive. Q1. What is a fertility evaluation? Dr Natasha:\u00a0 A fertility evaluation is basically an investigation that we do in order to try to find out what are the factors that may be hindering couples from conceiving. So, some couples will come to us after trying unsuccessfully for a few cycles in conceiving. And we will try to do a fertility evaluation to help them find out what are the reasons for them unable to conceive. We will investigate what\u2019s the reason they are unable to conceive. Then, we\u2019ll find out what are the factors hindering them and proceed with the appropriate treatment. Q2. What can couples expect when going for a fertility evaluation? Dr Natasha:\u00a0You would expect to have several things happening during the fertility evaluation. Firstly, we\u2019ll start off with the history. From the history, we\u2019ll be able to assess whether there are any factors that may cause any issues in conceiving. We will be assessing for both partners, basically, for your lifestyle factors, for your weight, any health issues\u2014as these factors may be causing issues in you being unable to conceive. Q3. Are there any procedures that the couple must do during the evaluation? Dr Natasha:\u00a0For a fertility evaluation, we'll need to do some basic investigations for the couple. For the female partner, I\u2019ll ask them to do a blood test called an AMH which consist of full blood count, screening for infectious disease, and also to check for their ovarian reserve. After the blood test, we\u2019ll be doing an ultrasound test. And majority of the time, this will involve a vaginal scanning. So it may be uncomfortable, but just relax. You\u2019ll be alright. We\u2019ll make you as comfortable as possible and be very quick. Now when I do a vaginal scan, I\u2019ll be assessing basically your reproductive organs. And that is your uterus and to have a look if there\u2019s any fibroids, there\u2019s any cyst, anything else that may cause you to have issues in conceiving. Q4. What about the men? What procedures do they go through? Dr Natasha:\u00a0So, the man will also have to undergo a blood test, which is the same thing\u2014we\u2019ll do a screening for infectious disease, we\u2019ll take their full blood count. And the next thing, the most important for male partners, is to have a semen analysis where we check their sperm. That will be involving them coming up to the clinic and to actually produce the sperm in the clinic. The semen sample will then be sent off to our lab and the results will be back in about 1 hours' time. We'll then go through the results of the sperm test and look at the sperm count; the movement of what we call, \u2018the motility of the sperms\u2019; and the quality of the sperm. And that will help tell us whether there are any issues with the sperm that\u2019s causing the couple to have issues in conceiving. Q5. What can couples expect after undergoing fertility evaluation? Dr Natasha:\u00a0So, after we\u2019ve done the fertility evaluation, then we\u2019ll be able to have some idea what are the possible reasons that the couple are unable to get pregnant and will recommend the most suitable treatment based on the situation. The treatment can be as simple as tracking the ovulation. Because some patients, even though they have a regular cycle, they may be ovulating either earlier or later. So, what this ovulation test does is to help track down the best 2 days of the month for them to do the \u2018baby dance\u2019 to conceive faster. Q6. When should a couple go for fertility evaluation? Dr Natasha: If you are trying to conceive, you can come at any time. The general advice is, if you are less than 35 years old and you have a regular cycle, you can come and see us after 1 year of trying. But if you more than 35 years old or you have irregular periods, or you do know that you have some gynaecological issues\u2014such as fibroids, endometriosis\u2014you can come and see a doctor after 6 months of trying. If you are very concerned, just come anytime so we\u2019ll be able to assess you and give you the appropriate advice. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vK4UCXjZNAm8 Get Accurate, Quick and Clear Answers from the Comfort of Your Own Home Today\u2019s episode is sponsored by Clearblue. At Clearblue, we put women at the heart of everything we do to empower and transform the way women manage their reproductive health. 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