Am I experiencing symptoms that are normal? Am I possibly infertile? Why can’t we get pregnant yet?
The above may be questions that are starting to pop up in your head and you do not have the answers for them. Trying to conceive and not being able to successfully have a positive pregnancy test can raise concerns and add emotional stress as well as cause a strain to your relationship.
So, the ultimate question remains – When to seek help?
The recommended timeline for couples to seek help is after one year of having unprotected sex. If pregnancy is not achieved within this time period, couples are advised to seek professional help with getting pregnant.
If you and/or your partner have any symptoms of infertility, you might want to seek help sooner. Some symptoms of possible infertility include irregular menstrual cycle, a family history of early menopause or have erectile dysfunction.
For women above 35 years old
For women above the age of 35, you should seek help getting pregnant after trying for 6 months. Although the cause for infertility could be from either partners, it is important to seek help earlier as fertility among women starts to decline at a much rapid pace as she ages.
For women above 40 years old
If you are just starting to try to conceive after the age of 40, it is best to speak to a fertility specialist immediately. It is not necessary for you to seek immediate treatment but more importantly, our fertility specialist will conduct some fertility testing to help you understand your reproductive health better. The fertility test may be conducted for both partners and based on the results, our specialist will then suggest some of the best options for you to consider, including regular intercourse before coming back or to consider IVF.