Having a child is an exciting, beautiful, and sometimes scary experience. Whether it’s your first, second, third, or even your seventh, the excitement and nervousness never really seems to fade.
However, getting pregnant doesn’t always happen as easily or quickly as one might think--which can be stressful and concerning in a society that has grown accustomed to instant gratification. But, if it is taking longer than you would like to conceive, there may be a solution. Here are five reasons you may be having trouble getting pregnant and ways to solve them:
1. You’re not Ovulating
Although this may seem like ‘Mom 101’ to some people, the truth is that many couples that are new to the pregnancy process have a hard time figuring out the ovulation cycle and the best times to try for a baby each and every month.
With this in mind, the best way to prevent this from happening to you is to create an ovulation calendar with your doctor. By involving your primary care physician or OB/GYN, you can ensure that your ovulation schedule is accurate and is providing you with a legitimate look into the best times for trying to get pregnant with your partner.
If you are still having a hard time getting pregnant even on your ovulation days, you may want to look into other reasons you’re having a difficult time. Although some of the other reasons might be scary, it’s important to recognize the issues early on so as to find solutions for all parties involved.
2. You or Your Partner may be Infertile
Did you know that more than five million people nationwide, or 1 in 10 couples, at a childbearing age face fertility challenges? Although no one wants to hear that they are infertile, finding out this news may help you to stop guessing and start moving towards an alternative solution.
Fortunately, if the male partner is the infertile one, there are still two options that could be used which still include your significant other’s genetics. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization using ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) are options that countless couples nationwide use regularly.
Another alternative solution may be to use donor sperm for insemination. Although it might not be the most ideal solution for couples, you can still have a child to call your own and be able to be a family despite the infertility.
Lastly, if the female partner is infertile, you can try solutions like in vitro fertilization (IVF), artificial insemination, surrogacy or adoption.
3. Your Fallopian Tubes are Blocked
Although you more than likely have never heard of this issue before, it’s far more common than you may think. The fallopian tubes serve as the passage for sperm to get to the eggs, and the passage back to the uterus once the egg is fertilized. If these are blocked, it could be the reason why you are having trouble getting pregnant. Common reasons for blocked fallopian tubes include scar tissue, infection, and pelvic adhesions.
The best way to determine whether you have a blockage from scar tissue or tube damage is to have your fallopian tubes analyzed by your doctor. From there, the doctor can either make the decision to simply recommend a laparoscopic surgery where the scar tissue and other blackages are burned off or look into more serious options.
If the blockage is too severe, there may be no way to reverse the damage. However, if only a certain part of the tube is damaged greatly, there may still be hope through surgery which would effectively remove the damaged section and attach the two undamaged sides together.
4. You Have Previously Undiagnosed Medical Problems
There are many medical conditions that may contribute to infertility. Although these conditions may seem like things you would notice, many individuals suffering from these medical problems say they had no idea until they were later diagnosed.
Some of these medical problems include reproductive tract infections, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, female hormonal imbalances, PCOS, DES exposure, varicocele, prostatitis, and various addictions including caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs.
If you feel as though any of these conditions may be a cause for concern in your case, the best way to determine whether or not you have these conditions or if they are affecting your ability to get pregnant is to go to speak with your healthcare provider.
From there, your doctor can determine if you have any of these medical problems and help you to find solutions to your infertility despite them. This is also beneficial as it may help you to find underlying issues you didn’t know existed and help you to get on the path to recovery before it becomes even more serious.
5. You Haven’t Been Trying Long Enough
This one may be the most obvious one on this list, but it happens more than you’d think. A young couple goes to their doctor’s office concerned that they haven’t gotten pregnant but, with a bit of information, the doctor finds out they have only been trying for a month—and are unaware of the woman’s ovulation cycle.
Despite how exciting trying for a new addition to your family may be, it is important to be patient. Of all couples trying to conceive, only an estimated 30 percent get pregnant within one month. By six months, the percentage increases to 80 percent.
When to Seek Help
If you are a female under the age of 35 and have not conceived after 12 months of unprotected sex, it is recommended you see a fertility specialist. Those over the age of 35 should see a specialist if you are not pregnant after 6 months of unprotected sex.
Other reasons to seek help from a fertility specialist include:
- Irregular or absent menstrual cycle
- Trouble achieving or maintaining an erection in men
- Complex medical conditions
- Genetic disorders that may affect the couple’s ability to conceive
- History of two or more miscarriages
- History of sexually transmitted infections
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Family history or previous diagnosis of premature menopause
- Recent diagnosis of cancer or other condition with invasive therapies
No matter your situation, the physicians at Laurel Fertility Care have the knowledge, expertise, and care to help you through every step. Start by going through our infertility symptom checklist. Once you calculate your results, schedule a free, no-obligation telephone consultation with one of our leading fertility specialists.