Even for a healthy couple with no reproductive problems, it can take time to conceive. About 20 percent of couples who wish to conceive do so within a month. During each subsequent month, about 20 percent of the remaining couples conceive, meaning there is an 85 percent chance of conceiving within six months.
One in seven couples experiences primary infertility, which means they have problems conceiving their first child. But many couples don’t have trouble conceiving until after having their first biological child. This is known as secondary infertility.
Couples under the age of 35 who fail to conceive after trying for more than a year should consult a specialist and undergo a complete check up — even if they have had a child previously. Those over 35 should see a specialist after six months on unsuccessful attempts at conceiving.
Whether you are struggling with primary or secondary infertility, initial testing is usually the same. It includes a Pap smear to check for abnormalities in the uterus and ovaries, and a blood test to measure your level of follicle-stimulating hormone, which is responsible for release of eggs from the ovary. High levels of the hormone indicate that body is working more to stimulate your ovaries.
Stress can be a major factor in failing to get pregnant. The stress hormone cortisol interferes with ovulation, leading to decreased fertility. In addition, stress can cause elevated blood pressure and other conditions, which can create complications in a pregnancy. Research has shown that 77 percent of women who were able to reduce their levels of cortisol restored their ovulation abilities.
Reducing stress can be done in different ways. Exercising more and improving your diet are often all it takes. Meditation can also be effective as a stress buster. Many doctors may recommend taking a short vacation to relax and rejuvenate your body.
Decreased fertile period
As women get older, the amount of time during each monthly cycle in which they are fertile decreases. Finding your fertile period every month is critical, because once an egg is released into the ovary, it remains fertile only for around 12 hours. Ovulation kits may be used to determine when you are ovulating and have the best chance at conception.
Iron and folic acid have been shown to improve fertility, and are available over the counter by themselves or as part of many multivitamin tablets. Read the labels and talk to your doctor to ensure you are taking the right amount to assist you in conceiving. Iron and especially folic acid are not only beneficial for conception, but also prevent your baby from suffering certain birth defects.
Secondary infertility can often be treated, just like primary infertility. If you suspect you have a fertility problem, get it checked out. The sooner you discover the cause of the problem, the sooner you can get back on track to having your second, third or fourth child.
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