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(In)fertility: Why we need to talk about it!

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According to the WHO definition, a woman is considered infertile up to the age of 35 if no pregnancy occurs after 1 year despite regular, unprotected sexual intercourse at optimal times. For women aged 35 and over, this applies after just 6 months. There can be numerous reasons for infertility.

While 3 diagnoses (number, shape, motility) can be made when analysing the male partner's fertility on the basis of the spermiogram, researching the causes of female infertility is far more complex. With LEVY Health we check women for over 65(!) (suspected) diagnoses.

Why it is important to deal with your own reproductive health at an early stage

Female fertility is extremely complex and it often takes many years before diagnoses are made for conditions such as PCOS or endometriosis that affect female fertility. Although one in 10 women still lives with endometriosis, it takes an average of 7 years before a diagnosis is made. Women's health, and infertility in particular, is still highly stigmatised and taboo. However, as a symptom of hormonal disorders and chronic diseases, infertility is an important marker of women's health. This is why it is so important that all girls and women take a close look at their reproductive health in order to recognise such illnesses at an early stage. Because here too, of course, early treatment is generally more promising.

Fertile days: a first step towards a better understanding of your own fertility

Getting to know and observe your cycle better is an important first step towards understanding your fertility better. A normal menstrual cycle lasts between 21 and 35 days. The first day of your cycle is easy to recognise because it is the first day of your period, when the bleeding starts. There are only six days within the cycle when a woman can become pregnant - often referred to as the 'fertile window'. Sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for up to five days. After ovulation, however, there is 'only' a period of less than 24 hours in which the egg can be fertilised. The five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation itself therefore form the fertile window. Fertility peaks directly around ovulation. The most fertile days are therefore the two days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. In addition to traditional ovulation tests, there are now numerous innovative methods to determine the fertile days. Getting to know your own cycle and fertile window is an important first step. If you have a specific desire to have children, the correct diagnosis can provide clarity in addition to determining the fertile days.

The right diagnosis gives women and couples clarity in their desire to have children

Every woman and every couple should be able to decide for themselves if and when they want to have children. However, women and couples struggling with infertility lack precisely this freedom of choice. With LEVY Health, we want to give women and couples this freedom of choice. Only when you know about your fertility can you gain clarity about your desire to have children and start a structured fertility journey. The fertility analysis with the LEVY Fertility Code makes it possible to obtain individualised diagnoses and treatment recommendations quickly and easily.

How does the LEVY Fertility Code work?

Step 1: Create your free LEVY Health profile

The first step is to register with LEVY Health free of charge and without obligation.

Step 2: The medical questionnaire.
As soon as your registration is complete, you will answer the medical questionnaire. This serves to determine your risk profile for various diseases and is the basis for the fertility analysis.

Step 3: The recommendation of your biomarkers
Based on your risk profile, you will now be recommended the exact blood parameters (biomarkers) that are important for your fertility.

Step 4: Off to the blood test
Go to one of LEVY Health's partner laboratories to have your blood taken. Simply without an appointment and with a QR code.

Step 5: Diagnoses and results
In your medical video consultation, you will learn about possible diagnoses. You will also be given recommendations on how to proceed on your fertility journey.

Step 6: Your fertility always at a glance
In your LEVY Health profile, you can find the results of your blood tests as well as your diagnoses and recommendations at any time. You can also easily download these as a PDF if you need them for a doctor's appointment or anything else.

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