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Not prepared for an addition to the family yet? Don’t be misled into thinking that fertility check-ups should be done only when you’ve tried to conceive for a year but failed! Some planned to conceive at a later age, but with the age limit and the difficulty of conceiving, it makes having a child a much more challenging. Did you know the fertility rate in Singapore as of 2018 is 1.14? One of the many factors could be due to the delay of marriage, thus increasing the odds of conceiving. According to Dr Suresh Nair, a fertility specialist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, women’s age is important in fertility as the quality and the number of eggs starts to decline after the age of 30. Thus, it is recommended to have a fertility check done with your partner at the beginning of your marriage to foresee any issues with fertility and early medical intervention can be done to increase the chances of conceiving if needed. Couples will be advised to undergo fertility treatments by doctors when they have tried to conceive naturally for six to twelve months. Other than western treatments, couples can also consider Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) fertility treatment in Singapore, such as acupuncture!
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Here’s what to expect when you go for a fertility check.
A fertility check at a clinic would usually require two trips to the clinic. On the first trip, it would last around 20 to 40 minutes which involves both consultation and health tests. For male fertility test, the husband would undergo a semen analysis. A sample of his semen would be collected and be submitted for a lab test. As for the wife, she would undergo a pelvic scan, a detailed examination of her reproductive organs and a hormone blood test.
Once the results for the lab tests are out, the couples would need to make a second trip down where the fertility doctor would review the results and advise the next step for the couple. If your results are healthy, do continue to maintain a healthy diet by abstaining from smoking, alcohol and other toxins. It is also important to start taking health supplements to help increase the chances of fertility. For husbands, they can try out Men’s Boost + to strengthen the body. As for wives, take folate or folic acid at least 3 months before trying for a baby, or during the first three months of pregnancy. Folate or folic acid helps to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects in the baby.
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Other than the food you consume, exercising regularly is also important too! Not only does it prep your body physically to be in good condition for pregnancy, but it also helps in your mental well-being. Go for a jogging date together as a couple or other forms of exercise for an active lifestyle!