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Fertility Expert Dr Venkat Answers Your Questions

Missed our Wednesday Lunch Club with fertility expert Dr Venkat? Not to worry, you can catch up on all the advice she shared here

 Every week at Mother&Baby we bring you the Wednesday Lunch Club – a chance to get brilliant advice for your fertility, pregnancy and parenting questions from a top expert.  

This week, fertility expert Dr Geetha Venkat was on hand to answer your questions.

Dr Venkat has more than 20 years of experience in fertility management lending her advice to various clinics around Harley Street. As director of Harley Street Fertility Clinic, she is one of the top experts in the field of fertility. Dr Venkat’s focus has been to tailor treatments to the needs of her patients while incorporating the latest developments in the discipline. She contributed two chapters to the authoritative book ‘Donor Egg IVF, published in 2008.

Here’s what happened…

When's the best time in the month to have sex if you're trying to conceive?

Dr Venkat: If you have a regular 28-day menstrual cycle, you are likely to ovulate between day 12 and 14. This is the best time to try - you can time it better by using the ovulation prediction kits available in the market.

I'm struggling to conceive baby number two and a friend of mine suggested giving up alcohol to help. Does it really make a difference?

Dr Venkat: Lifestyle factors such as smoking and drinking do affect the quality of eggs. If you are a smoker you should stop smoking, if you are a heavy drinker then it is better to give up alcohol too. In addition if you take nutritious diet containing high protein and high fibre it will be helpful.

Hi, I've got mild endometriosis and have been trying to conceive for just over a year without any luck. Should I start looking into treatment?

Dr Venkat: In some women, endometriosis can make it difficult to conceive. If the endometriosis has been cleared recently, you can try naturally. On the other hand if you have been trying over a year without any joy it is time for you to see a fertility specialist regarding treatment.

I have been trying for 6 months to conceive with my partner. Although I have a child from a previous partner, I was recently diagnosed with polycystic ovaries but not PCOS, could this be affecting my chances of conceiving?

Dr Venkat: If you have regular periods with PCOS it will not reduce the chances of conceiving. However, if your periods are irregular this can delay conception. This is because of irregular ovulation with PCOs.

Lifestyle factors such as smoking and drinking do affect the quality of eggs.

How do you know if you are/aren't ovulating?

Dr Venkat: There are ovulation prediction kits available in pharmacies. The instructions are given within the pack. By doing a urine test at home using these kits you can find out whether you are ovulating or not.

My husband and I are thinking about trying for our second baby. I kind of know what I need to think about lifestyle wise but is there anything my husband can do too?

Dr Venkat: Thank you for your question. Yes you are right, men are also important for conceiving a baby. He can also focus on lifestyle factors such as avoiding smoking and drinking and eating a nutritious diet. It will be helpful to avoid hot baths and wearing tight underwear. He can also take vitamin and mineral supplements to boost his fertility.

We have been trying to conceive for about a year. My period has been regular since it started when I was 16 (I'm now 32). Last month I skipped a period for the first time ever, how concerned should I be? What are our next steps toward conceiving?

Dr Venkat: Missing a period suddenly can happen due to a number of different reasons such as stress. However it would be a good idea for you to see your GP and check your fertility hormones.

Men are also important for conceiving a baby. He can also focus on lifestyle factors such as avoiding smoking and drinking and eating a nutritious diet.

Hi there, my period are irregular and sometimes months apart. I’m trying to conceive baby number two but think I may have PCOS. Is there a test to confirm this?

Dr Venkat: Irregular periods indicate you are not ovulating every month. The most common cause is polycystic ovaries. You can seek help from your GP regarding PCOS. He/she will arrange a blood test to check your hormones and internal scan to check your ovaries.

That’s all for this week. Make sure to check out next week’s Wednesday Lunch Club for more expert advice on everything parenting related.

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