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When to Seek Infertility Help and IVF Advice

Many of us have had concerns about conception and how long it should take to get pregnant. Knowing when to seek infertility help and IVF advice is important. Having a child is one of the most amazing things we can do as human beings. But it’s not always as easy as it seems. Sometimes we need help. We need help in the form of a doctor, advanced medical assistance, sometimes a shoulder to cry on and sometimes just good advice.

What Does it Take to Get Pregnant?

ivf helpObviously it takes 2 basic things to get pregnant, an egg and a sperm. But you should put in as much preparation as possible before you even think about getting pregnant, in the so called preconception phase. You should start thinking about getting yourself healthy through diet and exercise, getting down to a healthy weight if you are already overweight. Another thing to look at would be supplements to take specifically for pregnancy such as Folic acid. These are all important prerequisites for getting pregnant in the first place.

Both Agree to Get Pregnant

A lot of couples have the added problem of not being completely in tune with each other as to when they want children. If you ask a woman how long she’s been trying to get pregnant and then ask her partner the same question, you often get 2 different answers! The deciding factor would be the length of time you have gone without contraception, obviously whilst been sexually active at the same time.

How Long Should I Wait Before Seeking Fertility and IVF Advice?

All things being equal, if you are under the age of 35 and are trying to get pregnant, it normally shouldn’t take on average more than about a year or less for successful conception. So if you’ve been trying for more than 12 months without any success, it may be time to seek fertility advice from a medical professional about IVF pregnancy.

If you’ve been very exact in timing ovulation and taking urine tests to find the optimum time for conception to occur, and have had no success within six months, then you should also talk to your doctor about this. Even if you’ve been trying to get pregnant, having intercourse 2 to 3 times per week without any ovulation testing kit, it still might be advisable to come in and talk to a fertility expert.

Many women can sense when they are ovulating, and again if you have been actively trying to get pregnant, having intercourse every 2 to 3 days for more than six months, maybe you should seek advice.

Women over 35 Years of Age – Fertility Issues

If your between 35 to 40 years old and have gone more than six months trying to get pregnant actively, possibly timing your ovulation with urine tests, you should also seek advice. Importantly, if you’re over 40, then it would be advisable to seek advice after only three months. One of the things that happens as a woman ages is that there is a significant decrease in the number of eggs. Many women are quite aware of the fact that there is an increased possibility of down’s syndrome, and a general decrease in fertility rate as you age, but not many are aware of the actual figures concerning the number of eggs left available for fertilisation as you age.

When you are born you have about one million eggs. After your first menstrual cycle, you have about 100,000 eggs. Once you go through menopause you only have about 100 eggs. So after the age of 35 you start going through your remaining eggs much faster and the number of good quality eggs remaining for fertilisation rapidly decreases. Despite all the stories of women becoming pregnant in later age, such as in their mid to late forties, the actual chances of conceiving at this stage in life are on average much much lower than in your thirties.

This is not to discourage women over the age of 35 to try for a year, six months, three months without any medical assistance. But being aware of the statistics can help you come to a decision about seeking IVF help, in the event that you cannot conceive naturally.

Why all the Problems Conceiving?

In the United States there are up to as many as five million women that are having problems conceiving. Is this due to older age? Or other factors? There is a variety of reasons that couples have problems becoming pregnant. We tend to focus on the problem from the woman’s perspective but in fact 30 to 40 per cent of all fertility issues are due to problems stemming from men. In addition to this there is a significant percentage of the female population, that, due to career choices, are delaying having children until their mid to late thirties. This cultural change has altered the fertility statistics because in the past women tended to have children at a much younger age.

But there are definitely a lot of younger women who have ovulatory issues, who don’t make an egg available each month. They may have fallopian tube problems such as blockages. It is very frustrating for a younger woman who has been trying for six or seven years without contraception to keep coming up against a brick wall like this. The problem is, she may not be aware of her condition and it is no good hearing a doctor telling her “you are young, you’ve got plenty of time” when there could be an underlying physical barrier to pregnancy. So it is extremely important that you seek advice after six months of actively trying to get pregnant but without success.