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Getting pregnant appears to be the most natural thing in this world, but when things don’t happen on time, it can lead to anxiety. Ability or capacity to conceive is something which is taken for granted by many & unnecessary delay would lead to loss of the most fertile period & regret.

Here’s how to know when it’s time to see a fertility doctor.

How long have you been trying to become pregnant??

Depending on the age & duration of active trying (defined as having regular intercourse in fertile period without birth control) fertility specialists advice to come in for an evaluation: When

  • You are under 35 yrs with regular cycles and haven’t become pregnant after 1 year

  • You are 35 to 39 yrs with regular cycles and haven’t become pregnant after 6 months

  • You are 40 or over with regular cycles and haven’t become pregnant after 3 months

Research shows an average woman in her 30s has a 15% to 20% chance of getting pregnant in 1 month, around 60% of women will have gotten pregnant after 4 or 5 months have passed and the pregnancy rates begin to fall each month after that, down to a 1% or 2% per month after a year has passed.

Significant past history:

It’s a good idea to consult early if you have the following issues

  • Period are delayed, irregular or absent

  • Extremely painful periods

  • Difficulty in having intercourse

  • Past surgery – abdominal or pelvic

  • Pelvic infections in the past

  • Past miscarriages & tubal pregnancies

  • Thyroid problems

  • Already have 1 child & delay in conceiving again

Male partner’s health:

Male contributes to 35-40% of the cases in infertility practice. Semen analysis is the main determinant of sperm health, but certain other conditions if present warrant early testing like

  • Erection & ejaculation problems

  • History of Sexually transmitted infections

  • Mumps infection after puberty

  • Injury or surgery to the genitals & groin region

  • Lump or swelling in genital

Not everyone needs to wait six months to a year before getting help. In fact, some men and women should seek help much sooner. If you or your partner have any risk factors or symptoms mentioned above, you should talk to your doctor now.

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