When the months start to go by one by one and there is no sign of you falling pregnant, it is normal to start wondering whether there is some underlying problem. However, you don’t have to feel anxious. Even without the presence of a medical problem, the odds are that you have a 20-25% chance to fall pregnant every month. It is no secret that your age will make a significant difference to this number. Therefore, if you are over the age of 35, you and your partner can keep trying to conceive, but it is advised that you consult your GP early on if you suspect that you have trouble conceiving.
As soon as you feel you have followed all the given advice and have waited long enough, consult with your GP. Infertility sadly affects approximately 15% of all couples, but even if you and your partner should be one of them, it does not mean that you won’t be able to conceive.
Could There be a Reason For Infertility?
The fear of there being something wrong with you is normal. The fact is that problems with fertility equally affect men and women. That does not mean that there are no underlying medical health issues that may be interfering with your chances to conceive. You may experience problems with fertility due to a number of factors, including the presence of a sexually transmitted disease, cysts, fibroids, as well as painful and/or irregular periods. The above mentioned conditions are not the only ones that could potentially cause infertility. It is, therefore, advised to consult with your GP.
If one of these conditions has been identified, chances could be that you and partner will be part of the 84% of couples who are still able to conceive after a period of 12 months. And even if you are not, there is still a positive chance that you will conceive within 18 months without the aid of medical assistance.
In addition to previous or current medical health issues, your lifestyle as well as the diet you follow may also have an impact on your chances to conceive. Other factors that may influence your fertility includes being overweight (body mass index exceeding 29), being underweight (body mass index lower than 19) and smoking.
When Times Get Tough, Consult Your GP
When you have experienced three (or more) miscarriages, it is advised to consult with your GP before you and your partner try to conceive again. You should also consult with your GP when you are taking medications that may affect your fertility. Some medications, such as antidepressants and anti-inflammatories, have a reputation for prejudicing your ability to be fertile. Most general practitioners provide their patients with a preconception check-up, during which you can discuss all these factors.
It is advisable that both you and your partner visit the GP together, as both of you deserves to be well-informed. Regardless of how long you have been trying to conceive, make use of the opportunity and tell your GP about your fears and concerns. Your GP will be in a position to answer all of your questions, make plans and appointments for initial tests and, when necessary, refer you and your partner to a qualified infertility specialist.