Individuals are frequently surprised by how long it might take to become pregnant after deciding to begin a family. It is customary for normal, healthy couples to wait several months before becoming pregnant. Most people start to fear that something may be amiss, which adds to the burden of waiting. At Noble Fertility Center, fertility experts want patients to be knowledgeable about their fertility, understand when to seek medical aid, and when to allow nature to do its thing. Nonetheless, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist Dr. Peter L Chang advises patients to seek infertility care if they match any of the characteristics discussed below.
You Have Spent a Full Year Attempting to Conceive Without Luck
In most situations, couples must attempt to conceive naturally for a year before considering infertility therapy. There is just a 48-hour period of fertility every month for completely healthy, normal couples, with a 20% probability of fertilization and implantation in any cycle. Thus, it could take several months for couples with no reproductive issues to conceive.
You Have a History Of Infertility or Pregnancy Loss
If one or both parties have undergone infertility treatment before, there is a strong risk that the same issue may prevent conception once again. Based on the reason for infertility, therapy might be necessary immediately or following 3-6 months of natural conception attempts.
Likewise, it is advisable that women who have suffered over two miscarriages or have a family history of repeated pregnancy loss contact their OBGYN before trying to conceive. Infertility therapy might not be appropriate based on your concerns, but you will require continuous monitoring throughout your pregnancy.
Your Periods Are Erratic or Have Stopped
Women with irregular menses may have difficulty conceiving for various reasons. For instance, it is hard to pinpoint ovulation because of the lack of consistency in your menses. In other cases, hormonal fluctuations disrupt your cycles or implantation.
The disappearance of menses is often because of health concerns like early menopause or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Regardless of the cause, missing periods are a major indicator of infertility. Women who do not experience periods should seek medical help as soon as they decide to try getting pregnant.
You Are a Woman Older Than 35 Years
After 35 years, a woman’s fertility often falls dramatically for various reasons, including hormone changes, diminished egg quantity and quality, and other variables. Thus, it is advisable not to wait the entire year suggested for most couples, before undergoing a fertility evaluation. However, if a woman is healthy and no other reasons contribute to her infertility, she should try to conceive naturally for six months before pursuing infertility therapy.
You or Your Spouse Have or Have Suffered A Reproductive Problem
Women diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or any sort of tubal illness or pelvic infection will probably experience infertility problems. Based on the severity of the issue, women should seek infertility therapy immediately after they want to get pregnant or after six months of unsuccessfully trying to conceive. Similarly, men who have suffered hormonal fluctuations or disorders affecting the prostate, testicles, or other reproductive systems should seek fertility care.
When attempting to get pregnant, every month without results might seem like an eternity. Understanding when to consult a fertility specialist could be the difference between waiting excessively long to obtain help and identifying the reason for your infertility. If you have issues conceiving, consult expert reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Chang, at Noble Fertility Center. Call the Murray Hill, NY, office or request an appointment online today.