Savvy Tokyo's resident "Love in Japan" columnist, Hilary Keyes, answers anonymous questions from readers on everything from dating in Japan to women’s health issues. Got a question you’d like to ask Hilary? Email it to email@example.com with a subject "Ask Hilary."
Trying To Conceive
Hi Hilary. I’m in my early thirties, married to a Japanese man, and we are trying to have a baby. I have two hormone conditions which make it difficult to conceive. I’ve been to the doctor, but I was wondering if there was anything at the drugstores in Japan that could help me. Do you have any recommendations? – Waiting For Those 2 Lines
A lot of news reports focus on the scores of younger people shunning marriage and the demographic time bomb that Japan’s low fertility rate is causing. However, there is also an incredibly personal side to the situation. There are a lot of young married couples that can’t conceive — whether by working themselves to exhaustion, poor nutrition, health issues that their lifestyles have worsened, or out of no explicable reason, really.
You mention that you’ve already seen a doctor. Did you see an infertility specialist? I strongly recommend making an appointment for you and your husband with an infertility specialist. After talking with my own OB/GYN, I was shocked to learn that infertility rates for Japanese men (based on age) stand at about 40 percent for men in their late twenties to thirties, (based on clinical studies in Japan and overall rates reported by major fertility/urological centers across Japan). So even with your own medical issues, your husband may also be suffering from infertility issues that are compounding the problem.
If you have a standard OB/GYN now, they may be able to give you a referral to a clinic that will be best suited to your medical needs. If you don’t already have a regular OB/GYN, then you should consider booking an appointment with a specialist as soon as possible.
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