(Fertility Malaysia): Seeking Help

Fertility Clinics in Malaysia (Fertility Malaysia) – When to Seek Help for Infertility? Couples who have infertility problems struggle to get pregnant.  You may try to get pregnant for almost a year and fail to conceive. When this happens, you may be confused and worried. Many couples do not know the right time to seek help. It is advisable to consult a fertility doctor after 6 months to 1 year of trying to get a baby. There are many fertility clinics all over Malaysia. (Fertility Malaysia) You may book a consultation with a fertility specialist in a fertility clinic. Early consultation helps to identify infertility problems. When problems are known, it’s easier to find the right solution. Infertility: An Invisible Disease   Often, couples do not realise they have infertility problems until they start trying to conceive. Infertility is considered a male and female reproductive system disease. It means failing to achieve pregnancy. If you cannot get pregnant after 6-12 months of trying, there are high chances that you are infertile. On top of that, age affects fertility too. As they grow older, they may have lesser eggs or lower quality sperm. This may cause infertility problems. Thus, seek help at fertility clinics as the problems are considered time-sensitive matters. Why is it Important to Seek Infertility Treatments? Infertility is a disease. Thus, it needs specific treatment and care. Meeting a fertility specialist, helps you to understand your problems better. You can find out the cause of your infertility problems and design an individualized treatment plan. This may help you to get pregnant and build your dream family. What Happens When You Meet a Fertility Doctor (Fertility Malaysia) to Seek Infertility Treatments? Family Health History The fertility specialist will usually ask about your family health history and your personal medical record. These crucial details are important for them to find the causes of your problem and suggest effective treatment plan. Blood tests and Physical Examination The fertility specialist will then conduct few tests such as blood test and pelvic examination that are needed to diagnose your problem. Period Cycle You may also be asked to keep track of your period cycle and plan intercourse during ovulation or fertile period. Ovulation is when the ovary releases an egg into the fallopian tube to achieve pregnancy. It usually happens midway of your menstrual cycle. Why Couples Don’t Seek Infertility Treatments? Some couples do not seek help even after knowing their infertility state. One of the reasons are because many thinks that the only fertility treatment available is IVF. This is a very popular misconception in fertility care. Here are some of the few common reasons why some couples choose to not seek infertility treatments. A Taboo Subject Some couples do not seek help because of cultural and religious reasons. In their surroundings and communities, infertility is considered a taboo subject. It is one of the reasons why couples do not consider the IVF (in vitro fertilisation) method. They think of it as an unnatural way of conception. For me, IVF is like a God-sent method. It helps many childless couples to get pregnant and have baby. I respect the couples religious and cultural belief. So, usually I will suggest them other options besides IVF. Many of them are open to try the alternative methods. They may opt to boost their fertility through medications and supplements. Some are willing to do IUI treatment.  IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination) is a quick and painless method.  The sperm is processed and placed in a woman’s uterus for fertilisation. This method may not work for everyone due to various factors. Hence, it is better to consult with your fertility specialist first before going through this procedure. A Burden on The Pocket Infertility treatment can be costly. For example, IVF procedures can range from about RM15,000 to RM25,000. It can be a burden on the pocket. Unlike other medical procedures, IVF is not covered by insurance. Thus, it can hurt financially for struggling couples. However, there is another option. The government recently allowed EPF withdrawal for fertility treatments. You can access Account II to withdraw money for the treatments. Legally married couples below 55 years old are allowed to withdraw the money for IVF, IUI and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injections) procedures. Apart from that, the government also allows tax relief up to RM6000 for medical expenses. The expenses are for serious illness, which also includes fertility treatments.  Therefore, consider these options if you are financially struggling to get infertility treatments. At The Crossroads: Career or Pregnancy?   Many career women struggle to pick a priority. Should they get pregnant now or later? It is a tough choice for them. Egg freezing can help to preserve healthy eggs so that you can get pregnant later. The fertility specialist will extract, freeze and store the egg for future use. When you are ready to have child, the fertility specialist will then insert the fertilized egg to your womb. This helps you to get pregnant. It is best if you freeze eggs at a younger age (around 25-30 years old). The quality of eggs is better when you are younger. Infertility Support Infertility creates psychological stress. You might wonder why you have difficulties making your own family, which can slowly affect your mental health. Seeking treatments from professionals can help you gain strength throughout the fertility process. During fertility treatments, your body undergoes physical changes as well as hormonal imbalances. It can affect your emotional state, and you may even go through anxiety or depression. A healthy support system will give you strength and help you manage yourself while undergoing fertility treatment Where To Seek Support? You may consult Fertility Specialists at Fertility Centres (Fertility Malaysia) for support. They will recommend you to fertility counsellors who are trained to provide support for infertility.  When To Seek The Right Support? Couples who have been trying to conceive for a long time can grow impatient. It can lead to having struggles in