Why Can't I Conceive?

What Could Be Getting in the Way of Successful Conception?

Getting pregnant might look easy, especially for those who are surprised with an unplanned pregnancy, but conception is actually a highly complex process that is far from easy. Even if you have been pregnant before, you might struggle to get pregnant again because even the youngest, healthiest and most fertile women have only a small chance of successfully conceiving each cycle. If you have been struggling to get pregnant, consider the most common obstacles to pregnancy and what you can do to overcome them.

Problems Conceiving After Pregnancy, Miscarriage or Abortion

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If you have conceived in the past, you may wonder why conception is suddenly a struggle for you. Whether the previous pregnancy resulted in a live birth, miscarriage or abortion, most women are likely to conceive again within one year of actively trying to time intercourse with ovulation. If you are still struggling to conceive after one year of properly timed intercourse, you might have an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

How Weight Affects Fertility

Weighing too little or too much can get in the way of your baby hopes. Regardless of the direction, extremes in weight can influence hormones that contribute to ovarian function and ovulation. No matter where you stand on the scale, a healthy diet and moderate exercise routine can help improve your chances of successful conception.

The Effect of Age on Egg Quality and Production

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Age can have a significant impact when it comes to fertility. While some women remain fertile well into their 40s, most fertility specialists agree that women over 35 will have a harder time getting pregnant than their younger counterparts. Once a woman reaches menopause, which typically happens around age 50 but sometimes begins early for some women, she will no longer ovulate and will therefore be unable to conceive.

The Impact of Lifestyle Choices on Fertility

It’s no secret that smoking, drinking and doing drugs during pregnancy is dangerous to a developing fetus, but they can also get in the way of successfully conceiving in the first place. The substances found in tobacco, alcohol, drugs and even caffeine can disrupt hormones and increase your chances of infertility. If both you and your partner maintain a healthy diet and exercise moderately, you can improve your chances of getting pregnant.

The Impact of Sperm Quality on Fertility

While most fertility concerns center around the woman and her reproductive functions, men can sometimes contribute to problems with fertility, too. Have your partner get his sperm checked by a doctor to ensure that there are no issues with sperm counts or motility that could be getting in the way of your efforts to conceive.

Medical Conditions That Affect Fertility

Some common causes of infertility include blockages in the fallopian tubes, ovulation disorders that prevent the ovaries from releasing a mature egg on a regular basis, or health conditions like thyroid dysfunction, endometriosis or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). A fertility specialist can help diagnose these reproductive conditions and design a treatment plan to help improve your odds of getting pregnant.

How Long You Should Try Before Seeking Intervention

Don’t panic if you don’t get pregnant right away. Keep in mind that getting pregnant usually takes time. If you are under 35, try to time intercourse with ovulation for at least 12 months before seeing a doctor. If you are over 35 and have been trying to conceive for at least six months without success, consult with a doctor to make sure that everything is in working order. Your doctor will likely run some blood work to make sure that your hormones are where they need to be, and she may also refer you for some tests to rule out any medical issues.