So you've been trying to conceive. And it's not been working, you're still not pregnant. When is it time to make a fertility consultation?
You're off all forms of birth control and you're having sexual intercourse at the right time of the month (if you're a LGBT person, take a look at our Gay Parents To Be website for detailed information specific to you). The right time of the month is crucial and that can take a month or two to figure out if the woman's menstrual cycle is regular (comes approximately once month).
How long should you wait to make a fertility consultation with an infertility expert?
The guidelines from reliable medical sources (American Society of Reproductive Medicine, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, World Health Organization) all say that one should become pregnant within one year of trying to conceive.
American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) goes further and states that you should seek a consultation after six months if you are over thirty five.
The reasons for this are simple. Women are born with all the eggs (ovum, oocytes) that they will ever have. From the onset of menstruation, many eggs are lost to the process of ovulation. Over the age of 35, women have less eggs and just as importantly, we have less viable eggs. As fit and healthy as we may be, our eggs are continuing to age. As our eggs age, it is harder to become and stay pregnant successfully.
Why make an appointment with a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist?
Making an appointment with a fertility specialist, also known as a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, is the best way to find out the status of your fertility. There are simple blood tests to determine how "fertile" you are.
There are also many fertility treatment protocols that are very non-invasive, so don't jump to the idea that you will need high technology fertility treatment cycles.
If you're not getting pregnant, find out why. Knowledge is power. And if becoming pregnant is your goal, make the appointment and find out what's going on so that you can move ahead with your family building.