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    Trying Desperately to Conceive
    MrsGonzalez0525 posted:
    Hi, my husband and I married on May 25th and are trying to get pregnant. I am calculating my ovulation. I am wondering if there is a way to find out how many eggs I still have, something like a fertility test for men. I am feeling so discouraged. I know that we will have a child when God wants us to but it still so difficult to feel helpless. Any ideas??? Help!
    mrsander responded:
    Keep trying and trust God. Doctors always say to try for a year before feeling like there may be an"issue". Good luck and God Bless:)
    David K Walmer, MD, PhD responded:
    Mrs. Gonzalez, It is never wrong to see your primary care provider for preconception counseling. Interestingly, pregnancy is one of the riskiest and most rewarding things that women do in their lives and planning for pregnancy is wise. There are a number of screening tests that can help you ward off or anticipate potential problems in pregnancy. It would not be a bad idea to document that you are immune to German measles (Rubella) & chickenpox (Varicella). Also knowing your blood type and having an antibody screen can help your doctor manage your pregnancy. Many autosomal recessive genetic disorders can be predicted and eliminated through screening that is becoming less expensive every day. Also, identifying health problems before you become pregnant is also important. Once you become pregnant your doctor has two patients. Your healthcare provider can also help you assess your fertility potential and make decisions about when it makes sense to offer testing and assistance. If nothing else, sometimes just the psychological benefit of talking with your healthcare provider can make the journey easier. Good luck!

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