There can be a lot of questions that arise when you are trying, but struggling, to achieve pregnancy. You may be thinking -- Is something wrong with me, or my partner? Am I getting too old? Maybe we’ve not been trying long enough. Could it be my diet? Perhaps I should try to relax more?
Sound familiar? These types of questions are precisely why you may want to book an appointment to chat with a fertility specialist at the Center of Reproductive Medicine.
When is the Right Time for a Fertility Specialist?
The common rule of thumb is if you are 35 years or younger and have been trying to conceive for 12 months or longer, it’s time to move your pregnancy journey to a fertility specialist. This is an acceptable time frame in your 20s and early 30s. However, if you’re older than 35, you should seek help after six months because as women age, the odds of achieving pregnancy do diminish. Learn more about pregnancy after 40 here.
Navigating the Obstacles
The reality is there are several factors at play when a couple is trying to get pregnant. For some couples infertility can be attributed to just one thing, but that’s not always the case. In fact, according to the American Pregnancy Association, "25% of infertile couples have more than one cause of infertility."
For example, your stress may be elevated, but your partner might also have low sperm count. Or perhaps your cycle is off, and your partner’s tobacco and alcohol consumption is too high. Maybe you have an undiagnosed case of endometriosis, but your partner is also dealing with an infection. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what is causing your inability to get pregnant.
This is where a fertility specialist comes in handy. They can help you navigate all of the obstacles, and determine the cause or causes standing in your way of conceiving. A knowledgeable doctor will also be able to reveal whether or not your assumptions about your case are fact or fiction quickly. In other words, they can eliminate the guessing game.
A large part of the stress associated with struggling to get pregnant is not knowing why you’re having difficulty in the first place. A fertility specialist can help you solve that piece of the puzzle. Then, once you’re armed with the knowledge of the cause or causes, you can get down to business in terms of your next best course of action.
Time is of the Essence
Unfortunately, the saying “your biological clock is ticking” is not just a rude comment that your friends and family use to try to rush you to get pregnant. Even though the clock varies based on the person and a variety of factors, there is a proverbial clock on the odds of your possibility of achieving a successful pregnancy, let alone getting pregnant at all.
As mentioned above, your chances of getting pregnant do go down as you age. Therefore, time is of the essence if you are 35 or older, and have been trying six months or longer. Even if you haven’t reached the age of 35, and have only been trying a year, it might be time to go ahead and work with a fertility specialist.
The cause of your infertility could take time to clear up or manage. Every day that you’re working on the symptoms alone, your “clock” continues to tick. For example, let’s say you’re working with a fertility specialist, and you’re diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS. PCOS is a common cause of infertility, and it could take three to six months or more just to manage the symptoms enough to induce ovulation. That time frame doesn’t even account for how long it could take to get pregnant once regular ovulation occurs.
The sooner you can learn why you’re struggling to get pregnant, the faster you can get to work on the symptoms, and the better your chances of pregnancy success become. With this in mind, if you have been trying to get pregnant and can’t figure out why it hasn’t happened yet, don’t wait to talk with a professional. Waiting could be the difference between a simple course of action, and extreme or more expensive measures.