You and your partner have been trying to conceive a baby for what seems like FOREVER, with no luck. All of your friends, in fact, nearly every woman you see is pregnant, but not you! When should you suspect fertility problems? Read on to learn more about conception and infertility.
How Long Should We Try?
Most couples begin to worry too soon. It takes time to make a baby, so patience is key. However, most experts agree that if you have been trying to conceive consistently for a year or longer with no success, it’s time to seek help.
If the hopeful mother is age 35 or over, she shouldn’t wait as long. For women of an advanced maternal age, six months is the time frame to aim for before seeking help.
One of the big problems in conception is that when you are actively trying to have a baby and it doesn’t happen quickly, stress comes into play. Couples get frustrated and begin to stress out if they feel like they aren’t successful.
Stress can actually cause more problems with conception. When you are stressed, it can throw off your cycle, and you may not ovulate at all. Cortisol, the stress hormone, can cause many health problems.
Try to relax and remind yourself that it takes time. Everything has to happen at the right moment to conceive a baby.
If you study your cycle, learn when you are in your fertile days, and make sure you are trying at the right times of the month, it will help alleviate your stress. To learn more about how to track your cycle, check out my blog HERE.
What is the “Normal” Time Frame?
According to the Natural Cycles website, “95% of couples will be able to conceive naturally if they time intercourse well and have a little patience.” Again, patience is key.
Research shows that about 15% of couples will have trouble conceiving, but only about 5% of those couples are actually infertile, so don’t lose hope. It can typically take up to 6 months of solid trying to conceive.
That does NOT include time spent “not trying but not preventing” pregnancy.
Like I mentioned before, if you follow the steps to learn your cycle and plan accordingly, it’s easier to conceive. If you still have problems after a year of trying, make an appointment with your OB/GYN.
What Will My Doctor Do?
If you wait the allotted time period and still have no luck, your doctor can help! He or she will start by taking a medical history. The doctor will probably ask if your mother had any problems getting pregnant or if she had any reproductive issues, so be prepared for that.
There are a battery of tests and exams the doctor will do to determine why you are having trouble conceiving. You will be poked, prodded, stuck, invaded by ultrasound, and examined in all ways imaginable.
Do some research on the different testing available and ask your doctor if you have any questions. It is a good idea to have your partner checked out as well.
If the OB/GYN finds anything abnormal with your partner, he will probably see a urologist. The urologist will perform further testing to get to the bottom of the issues.
A lot of the time, the issue with male infertility is stress-related, so try to figure out what’s stressing your partner out and help him relax.
The Bottom Line
The key to figuring out fertility issues is time, testing, and patience. There are many options available if you find a cause for your infertility, including In-vitro fertilization (IVF) and hormone therapy.
For details on IVF, check out my blog HERE. If you want to try a more natural approach, try Bioterra Herbs’ Female Fertility supplement. It’s available at CVS right now for 30% off! Click on the image for a link to purchase the product!
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