The Dimbayaa Fertility Project is currently based at the Africmed Clinic in Brusubi the Gambia, West Africa where we have developed a program for infertility care, providing counseling, standardized diagnosis and cheaper, more affordable fertility treatments
You should consider seeing a doctor if you have been trying to conceive for a year or more. However, if you are 35 years or older, you should begin the infertility evaluation after about six months of unprotected intercourse rather than a year, so as not to delay potentially needed treatment.
Also, if you have a reason to suspect an underlying problem, you should seek care earlier. For instance, if you have very irregular menstrual cycles (suggesting that you are not ovulating or releasing an egg), or if you or your partner has a known fertility problem, you probably should not wait an entire year before seeking treatment.
What Is Infertility?
Infertility is typically defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse.
If you and your partner have been unable to have a baby, you’re not alone. At least one out of seven couples has trouble conceiving. During this time, it is normal to experience feelings of frustration, jealousy, anger and stress.
However, once you begin to explore your medical options, you’ll find that fertility treatments offer hope for a successful pregnancy.
During this visit, you’ll begin to understand the degree of commitment and cooperation that an infertility investigation and treatment requires. It is important that you communicate freely between each other as well as with your doctor. read more on infertility counseling
Infertility Testing & Diagnosis
Since at least 25% of infertile couples have more than one factor causing infertility, it is very important to evaluate all factors that may affect both you and your partner.
Depending on your medical history your doctor may suggest some additional fertility tests. These may include: a sperm test (semen analysis), tests to screen for sexually transmitted diseases, hormone bloodtests, ultrasound scanning of the womb and ovaries, and contrast X-ray of the womb and fallopian tubes.
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After careful investigation your Doctor will discuss with you what treatment options there are. Sometimes the cause for a couple’s infertility can be found and treated, after which normal fertility will be restored. Even when no cause for a couples failure to conceive can be found, there are ways to help you increase your chance of pregnancy.
Currently we offer ovulation induction and IUI (intra uterine insemination) fertility treatments and in the near future we hope to develop and expand our range of low cost IVF treatments. read more on infertility treatments