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Facts about Fertility and Infertility

What should you do when having a problem to conceive?

Every couple is always excited as they try to get pregnant. The ruminations of who your will baby will look like are always a joy. There is always the question of what kind of parent you will be and how life with a baby will look like. However, as time goes by, you begin to realize that you are not getting pregnant. Month after month, you start to become anxious which is quite a natural feeling. With the anxiety comes emotional and psychological stress. So what point does the nervousness become a justified worry?

How long you should try before you see a doctor

It is funny how people expect a baby shower a couple of months after the wedding, which is always not the case.  Some do indeed get pregnant right away. But believe it or not, getting pregnant does take time and cannot happen immediately after or within the first few months of trying. Research shows that one in every seven couples have fertility problems. Click here to find more information about the statistics of miscarriages.

Related: WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF INFERTILITY?

Can’t get pregnant?

According to infertility experts, you should not worry about not getting pregnant until you have had unprotected sex for either 12 months for women under 35 years or six months for women over 35. Worrying at one or two months is unwarranted and in fact, the stress can be a hindrance to your conception.

Related: WHAT TO DO WHEN HAVING TROUBLE CONCEIVING

As you try to get pregnant, have intercourse during your ovulation time. There are plenty of resources to help you determine your ovulation window such as ovulation tests. Read this article about when to have intercourse if you want to get pregnant fast.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you should see a doctor if:

  • You have not conceived after a year of regular sexual intercourse without using birth control
  • You are over 35 years old and have not conceived after six months of regular unprotected sex
  • You have an irregular menstrual cycle
  • Either you or your partner has an infertility problem

Related:

WHAT CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS GETTING PREGNANT?

WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF FERTILITY PROBLEMS IN WOMEN

Is it me or him?

You will always face this question. Is it a problem with you or your partner? Such uncertainties can take a toll on your relationship. It is therefore important to be convicted that you’re in the process together, whatever the result may be.

Related: CAN INFERTILITY BE CURED?

Where to get help

The first step is always to consult a gynecologist in order to assess your fertility. The gynecologist will also help you identify ways that optimize your fertility. It can be through lifestyle changes or treatment options. Lastly, he/she will help you determine if you need to consult a specialist or if you need to continue trying.

There is no one specific and right time to visit a reproductive endocrinologist. It varies from woman to woman based on age and diagnosis. Fortunately or unfortunately, timing is very critical. Science and statistics show that the older you are, the harder it is to get pregnant and to stay pregnant.

Related: HOW STRESS RELATES TO GETTING PREGNANT

If it happens that you are struggling to get pregnant, you should not hesitate to see a gynecologist. As mentioned, timing is very critical. Therefore, visiting them as soon as possible will help you chart the way forward. Should you either continue trying or see a fertility specialist? It is better late than never.


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