Getting pregnant is easier said than done for at least 10% percent of women in the U.S. About 90% of women will conceive after one year of trying. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant without success, consider these reasons and possible solutions.
- You’re not having sex at the right time. The only way a woman can get pregnant is if the egg is fertilized by sperm but if there’s no egg, there’s no baby. If you don’t get your period every month, there’s a strong possibility that you’re not ovulating. What can you do? Buy an over-the-counter ovulation kit (many are sold at the dollar store) to determine if you’re ovulating.
- You might have scar tissue in your tubes or in your uterus. If you’ve had a history of a sexually transmitted infection or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), your tubes might be blocked. A procedure called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) inserts dye into the uterus and tubes to see if they’re open or closed.
- Your partner’s sperm count might be low. Male infertility accounts for 23% of reasons why women can’t get pregnant. If you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant after a year, please see your healthcare provider.
- There might be something wrong with your uterus. “Congenital anomalies” means something was wrong with your uterus from birth. An HSG will make the diagnosis.
- You could have endometriosis which is tissue from the uterus on places such as the ovaries, rectum, abdomen or other unlikely places. Severe pain during the times of your period gives a clue about this possible condition.
- Your eggs might be too old. Your age plays a significant role in your ability to conceive. If you’re over 30 and can’t get pregnant, please see your health care provider. IVF (in vitro fertilization) is very successful for women in their 30’s.
- You’re having a lot of miscarriages. Two or more miscarriages could signify an autoimmune disorder and a good reason to see a infertility specialist.
- There might be something wrong with either your genes or your partner’s. Another reason to see an infertility specialist.
- You’re trying too hard. There have been studies that have proven that meditation and hypnosis has helped women get pregnant. You might be one of those success stories when all else has failed.
- You’re overweight. If you’re overweight and not getting your period, you’re not ovulating. I had a patient who had been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for years. She lost 10 pounds, became pregnant and the mother of a beautiful baby girl. Losing weight can help.
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully for over a year, it’s time to move your feet and find out why.