The anxiety of not getting pregnant after starting to plan to conceive is normal. But hey! Don’t forget how much anxiety you have harnessed over the years trying not to get pregnant, especially on days when you forgot to pop the contraceptive pill.
It is quite natural to jump to conclusions and start wondering if you will be able to get pregnant or if there is something wrong with your reproductive cycle. I tell my patients, you don’t need to be worried about unsuccessful pregnancy for up to almost a year of unprotected intercourse if you are below 35 years of age and six months if you are over 35 years. Clearly indicating you have full 6 to 12-period cycles depending on your age to conceive and just one perfect instance to get successful.
Most couples start to panic and take stress after initial months of trying to have a baby and stress is one of the biggest factors that account for an unsuccessful conception. I advise that it is crucial to track period cycles when trying to get pregnant to exactly know when the female partner is ovulating. It is inevitable that you know about the fertile period. In a woman having a normal 28-30 days cycle, this period starts from day 10 to day 16 of menses; day 1 is calculated as the day you start to bleed. There are also many tools and kits available that can help determine crucial dates to have unprotected intercourse.
But, if it has been nine months and over of unsuccessful, actively trying, it is prudent you see a doctor. An ob-gyn or a reproductive endocrinologist/ fertility specialist would run some tests to rule out infertility and if there is a reason you are unable to conceive then, start investigating and evaluating your options. In whatever circumstances, it is best for you and your partner to remain calm, as today, there are a number of medical ways to treat infertility.
Here are some common signs of caution you and your partner can look out for when deciding to get pregnant. In the case of males, the problem could be low sperm count, slow sperm motility, or the sperm’s morphology…that is, how many sperms are normally looking. So the very first test to do is a simple semen analysis.
Unfortunately, the female reproductive system is more complicated and there are numerous factors that can cause an unsuccessful pregnancy. Being above 35 years in age greatly impacts the reproductive cycle but there are a few other issues that can result in infertility. Such as;
Fortunately, all these medical issues are treatable by medicines or minor endoscopic procedures. It is always wise to take advise from a fertility expert if you have had a history of any of these issues when trying to have a baby!
Here is your take away advice – Don’t wait for more than a year trying to get pregnant if you are under 35 years of age. This time frame reduces to 6 months if your age is more than 35 years. Seek timely help from a Reproductive Endocrinologist.
All the best on your journey to get pregnant!
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