Mr Braithwaite offers a number of services to assist couples that are finding it difficult to get pregnant. On average he would expect 75% of all couples trying to conceive to achieve this within a year. Any delay is often frustrating, particularly for people who are trying for a baby in their late 30s and are worried about their clock ticking away.
The first step is to have a check-up to ensure everything looks healthy. Mr Braithwaite can do this by performing a transvaginal scan of the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Assuming all is well then Mr Braithwaite will advise on ovulation and the best time to conceive.
A relatively new test that can be helpful is the anti-mullerian hormone, which is a blood test that measures a woman’s fertility. Find out more about anti-mullerian hormone below. This can be helpful if you are planning to leave having a baby for a couple of years and need to know that this is not going to jeopardise your chances of getting pregnant in the long term.
If you want to get pregnant now, and have been trying unsuccessfully for some time, the next step is known as ‘follicle tracking’. This is really very impressive and reassuring. Mr Braithwaite will do a transvaginal scan between days 10 and 13 of your cycle. This allows him to see the egg that you are due to pop during this cycle. He can also measure the lining of the uterus. With this information he can work out exactly when you are going to ovulate and advise you accordingly.
You may wish to arrange for your partner to have a sperm analysis to ensure everything is healthy from his side. We can organise this at the Andrology Solutions Centre, with whom we have a very close working relationship. They are fully accredited by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which is crucial in the area of fertility. Mr Braithwaite also offers artificial insemination to aid fertility, which we can also organise for you at the Andrology Solutions Centre. Mr Braithwaite will perform the procedure for you at the Centre. Rest assured, this procedure is very straightforward, quick, and not at all painful.
Finally, if there are reasons to pursue IVF as an option then Mr Braithwaite can provide advice and guidance on how to approach this and which clinics to consider.
Anti-Mullerian Hormone Test (AMH)
Mr Braithwaite is able to offer a fertility test that allows a woman in her 30s or 40s to predict her fertility levels. You may have read articles in the press describing this as the ‘Plan Ahead’ test. The test can count the number of eggs in a woman’s ovaries and compare this with others of the same age, thereby predicting the ovarian reserve for the next two years.
The result may help women decide whether, or how long, they can delay trying to conceive and is helpful for the increasing number of women delaying motherhood as they pursue their careers. Fertility starts to decline after 35 so this test can provide early warning of the onset of the menopause. The test is marketed as the most accurate hormone-based ovarian test publicly available, enabling women to make informed decisions about whether to start trying for a baby sooner or later.
It is important to remember that there are often other factors affecting fertility such as male fertility, endometriosis and blocked tubes, but the AMH test does give a good indication of one of the key factors.
There are of course other options available to women who want to enhance fertility and improve their chances of pregnancy. Follicle Tracking can accurately predict when an egg “pops” from an ovary so that artificial insemination can be performed.