If you are wondering if you’ve been trying “long enough,” here are some things to consider.
Our doctors recommend you consult a fertility specialist if:
1. You’ve been trying to conceive for a year with no luck. That’s if you are under 35. If you are 35 to 39, seek help after 6 months. If you are 40 plus, don’t wait longer than 3 months. Infertility rises significantly with age.
2. You’ve had two or more miscarriages. Sometimes infertility issues don’t affect your ability to conceive, rather your ability to carry a pregnancy to term. A fertility specialist can help.
3. You have irregular or absent periods. This is a red flag signaling possible ovulation issues. The good news is, many times these can be resolved through basic fertility treatments, including medication.
4. You have had previous pelvic surgery. This might include ovarian cyst removal, endometrial ablation, ectopic pregnancy, tubal surgery or a ruptured appendix.
5. You have severe menstrual pain. This can be a sign of an undiagnosed condition that can affect your fertility.
6. You have been diagnosed with endometriosis. This condition, in which the uterine lining begins to grow outside the uterus and on the pelvic organs, is a leading cause of infertility.
7. Your partner has a history of infertility. Sometimes infertility is caused by male factors, including abnormal sperm, insufficient sperm count and erectile dysfunction.