How long do you try before reaching out for help? Most doctors will say a healthy, young woman and her partner should try to have unprotected intercourse for a year unsuccessfully before they reach out to them for help. That’s a long time to try and wait if all you want to do is have a baby. There are many factors that effect your fertility and many things to consider before you run to your doctor and wonder what’s wrong.
Factors Impacting Your Fertility Health
1. Your Age. Being of advanced maternal age decreases the chances of successfully conceiving quicker than a woman of a younger age. To learn more about what it means to be of advanced maternal age and how it effects you, check out this post HERE.
2. Are you calculating your fertility window correctly and making proper use of your fertile window? It has been found that a lot of woman do not fully understand their cycle, how it works and how to properly calculate your fertile window. To learn more about your cycle and how it effects you, check out THIS
3. Diet? That’s all we hear about now a days….how important your diet is for your health. There has been such a debate on what is the best diet approach for your own health. Now, saying you want to eat a diet to help your fertility opens another can of worms. You can check out the diet recommendations that I was suggested and some that I followed by reading HERE
4. Exercise. We all know that getting the proper amount of exercise improves our health in many ways. Getting the proper amount of exercise can help with stress, getting you to proper fertility weight zone according to your other health factors and it can help with your mental health as trying to conceive can be very taxing on you and your partner mentally.
During different parts of your cycle, your body may respond better to different forms of exercise. To find out more about these different parts of your cycle, you can read my other post about it HERE. Your body will respond to some exercises differently at different times during your cycle, Check this out.
5. Family history. This can be such a vital piece of information to know in your journey to parenthood. Having family members, especially mothers, aunts and sisters who have had difficulty conceiving or have been diagnosed with conditions effecting fertility can be helpful information for you to know. Some conditions can be hereditary, genetic or even just common among family members. If your family is willing to discuss their own journeys or share with you the issues they found out that they have, this will help if you have to go to your doctor for help. They will,know if there are any specific things to test you for.
Personally, my mother had difficulty getting pregnant and keeping a pregnancy. She knew she had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (more about what PCOS is HERE). PCOS is hereditary so I knew I was at a higher risk of being diagnosed as well. Growing up, I started showing signs of this Syndrome as well and started to prepare myself for what it would entail as far as the fertility aspect of it. Under the suscpicion that I may have it as well, once my husband and I were settling down and discussing children in the future, I knew I needed to explain this to him and prepare him for the journey I figured we would travel. Once I was diagnosed as well, I had already educated myself about it because I knew my family history and it wasn’t such a shock that I would have the same issues my mother had. It helped me mentally to be educated on my family history.
6. Personal history. While knowing your family history is important, there is nothing that matters more than your personal history. Do you have underlying conditions that make it difficult to conceive or keep a pregnancy? Personally, I have Hashimoto’s Disease, PCOS and a genetic mutuation ALL which effect my fertility and ability to keep a pregnancy. Individually, each of these diagnoses have to do with different systems in the body and different organs but together as a whole, they are a trio I wish I didn’t have to deal with. But don’t let any personal history stop you! I have a book long family history and a significant personal history sheet yet I have a beautiful 10 week old daughter and my husband and I plan to have another child in time. More about my personal journey to pregnancy childbirth HERE.
If you have checked over each of the categories and you seem to be doing well in each of them then it might be time to call your OB. Like I said in the beginning, most doctors recommend tying for a year before contacting them for help.