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Taking Too Long to Conceive? When to Act

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Why is this taking so long? This article talks about how long is too long when TTC (trying to conceive), initial management of infertility, and when to see a specialist.

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Published At December 20, 2017
Reviewed AtAugust 1, 2023

Introduction

In our fast-paced life, everything has a time slot to happen and we do get impatient easily. Most couples start trying for a baby in their 30s and with both the partners working, to fit in a child when you are still building a career is difficult and does require a lot of planning. So, when you have planned everything from your work and finances to child support, but the strip repeatedly refuses to show two bold lines, it can quickly cause frustrations and desperation. This can even strain the relationship badly. Am I suffering from infertility? Do I have some major issues? What are we really doing wrong?

All these thoughts are really scary. But, you need to know that even in couples visiting an infertility clinic, only 10 % require advanced treatments. For the other 90 %, some basic treatments do the trick.

When to See an Infertility Specialist?

One of the most important factors is the age of the lady. For women 35 years and under, I will say, you should have tried actively for at least a period of eight to 12 months before consulting a doctor. And trying means a coital frequency of two to three times a week or at least two to three times during the fertile period (day 10 to day 17 in women having regular cycles). For women over 35, consult a specialist sooner, maybe after trying for a maximum of six months. The doctor needs to be an infertility specialist, not a general gynecologist.

If you have irregular cycles, endometriosis, or there was a surgery of reproductive organs in either of the partners, you might need to see the specialist early rather than late.

The other factor that would determine your chances of getting pregnant faster is your general health condition. People with medical conditions such as diabetes,celiac disease or some autoimmune diseases should see a specialist sooner.

Irrespective of your age and health condition, it is a good idea to get a pre-pregnancy checkup done by your GP to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

In very few couples, there is a continued struggle as there is a combination of factors involved or sometimes there is no obvious cause.

How to Get Pregnant Faster?

If time is on your side, then doctors recommend a more relaxed approached to trying to conceive, as the stress and planning involved can exhaust you and work against you. But, in general, these are some tips to follow:

1. Ensure both you and your partner are in prime health. Take the recommended tests if they were not already done within the last three months.

2. Exercise regularly and eat healthy antioxidant-rich foods. Most of the time lifestyle changes are all that is necessary.

3. Having frequent unprotected sex is the basic prerequisite. Try to maintain a frequency of having sex every two to three days.

4. Track your fertile days in the menstrual cycle and increase the frequency of intercourse during this phase.

5. You may also use an ovulation kit to know exactly when you are ovulating rather than depend solely on your bodily changes. You can then have timed intercourse which increases your chances substantially.

6. If you get too anxious about the wait, try to focus your time and attention on more relaxing tasks. Diverting your mind can help take the stress off the wait.

The world of fertility does look daunting, but simple tricks like a balanced diet, reduced stress and taking those short breaks in between go a long way in ensuring a road towards a happy family life.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.

How Long Is Too Long While Trying to Conceive?

For a woman 35 years or below, should have tried actively for at least eight to 12 months before consulting a doctor. And trying means a coital frequency of two to three times a week or at least two to three times during the fertile period (day 10 to day 17 in women having regular cycles). For women over 35, consult a specialist sooner, maybe after trying for a maximum of six months. The doctor needs to be an infertility specialist, and not a general gynecologist.

2.

Why Am I Ovulating but Not Conceiving?

There are many factors that can affect conception,even though the female is ovulating. Mentioned below are a few of them.
- Obesity.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Abnormal shape of the reproductive system.
- Low sperm count in males.
- Poor quality of the egg.
- Stress.
- Low body weight.
- Imbalance in the hormones.
- Excessive exercise.

3.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get Pregnant?

 
- Ensure that both partners are in prime health. Take the recommended tests if they were not already done within the last three months.
- Exercise regularly and eat healthy, antioxidant-rich foods. Most of the time, lifestyle changes are all that are necessary.
- Having frequent unprotected sex is the basic prerequisite. Try to maintain a frequency of having sex every two to three days.
- Track fertile days in the menstrual cycle and increase the frequency of intercourse during this phase.

4.

What Are the Causes of Female Infertility?

 
- Fertility drops rapidly after the age of 40.
- Being overweight or obese.
- An excessive habit of smoking.
- Being extremely malnourished and underweight.
- Chronic use of tobacco products.
- Alcohol addiction.

5.

How Do We Know if Sperm Has Entered or Not?

A delayed period is one of the pivotal points which send the message that the sperm has entered. In addition to this, to make sure, the female can stay flat on the bed for around 20 minutes to allow the sperm to pool around the vagina. Females can even bend their knees towards the stomach to accentuate the movement of the sperms, according to experts.

6.

What Should We Avoid When Trying to Conceive?

 
- Smoking.
- Alcohol.
- Substance abuse.
- Excessive exercise.
- Lose excessive amounts of weight.

7.

What Are the Symptoms of Poor Egg Quality?

 
- Absence of periods.
- Late periods.
- Muscle cramps during periods.
- Heavy period flow.
- Extremely light period flow.
- Scanty periods.
- Miscarriage episodes in the past.

8.

Which Vitamins Improve the Egg Quality?

Vitamins play a crucial part in fertility, along with menstruation and ovulation. Thyroid function, immune functions, and the oocyte or the egg quality, along with its maturation, are vital factors as well. Antioxidants are the primary reasons for diminishing oxidative stress and help in shielding the egg. Vitamin C and vitamin E are among the most efficient vitamins that may help in improving the quality of the egg.

9.

How Can I Make Eggs More Fertile?

 
- Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet.
- Regular exercise.
- Maintaining an ideal weight.
- Learning how to deal with stress.
- Tracking body mass index.
- Quitting the habit of smoking and alcoholism.
- Adding fertility supplements to the diet.
Dr. Prerna Gupta
Dr. Prerna Gupta

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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