When should I see a doctor for infertility?
That answer depends on your age and certain known health conditions. The following guidelines offer some general rules, but of course it can't hurt to bring up any concerns with your doctor at any time.
Women under 35 who've been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for more than one year. If you're still seeing the minus sign on the stick after a few months of trying, you may simply need to give it more time before calling for medical help. For women who spend much of their young-adult lives deliberately trying not to get pregnant, it may come as a surprise to learn how difficult getting in the family way actually is.
In any given month, your babymaking odds are slim -- only about 20 percent during your 20s and 30s -- which is why it sometimes takes completely healthy, fertile couples many months to conceive.
Women 35 and older who've been trying to conceive for more than 6 months.
Women of any age with the following symptoms:
- Irregular periods (a sign you may not be ovulating normally)
- Very painful periods (a sign you may have pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of the fallopian tubes, or endometriosis, which occurs when uterine lining grows in organs outside the uterus, like the fallopian tubes, making it hard for eggs to become fertilized or make their way to the uterus)
- A history of polycystic ovarian syndrome (a hormonal imbalance where your body makes too many male hormones, which thwarts ovulation)
- A history of miscarriage