Why Can't I Get Pregnant?

Common Obstacles to Successful Pregnancy

Conceiving seems to be as easy as pushing a button for some women, but more like pulling teeth for others. When you are longing for a baby and looking for that elusive button to push, your inability to get pregnant can become a source of great frustration and stress. Before you allow the negative emotions to further impede your efforts to conceive, take some time to review the most common reasons why you may be having trouble getting pregnant.

Ovulation Disorders and Medical Issues That Could Prevent Pregnancy

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Why Can't I Conceive?

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Problems with ovulation are a common cause of infertility in women of all ages. Most women ovulate regularly on a monthly basis, but many women with ovulation disorders fail to do so, and, as a result, experience more difficulties in getting pregnant. Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from the ovaries to await fertilization. Without a mature egg to meet sperm, conception cannot take place.

Ovulation disorders include anovulation (total failure to ovulate) and oligoovulation (irregular or infrequent ovulation). Problems with ovulation can be caused by hormonal fluctuations, radical changes in weight, excessive exercise, severe stress, or medical issues such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. Missing or irregular menstrual periods are a sign of an ovulation disorder. Check with your doctor to rule out the possibility that an ovulation disorder or a medical issue is preventing your pregnancy. You should also ensure that your partner’s sperm is viable.

Lifestyle Factors That Could Be Preventing Pregnancy

If you or your partner smoke, drink frequently, abuse drugs or drink excessive amounts of caffeine, you may not be able to get pregnant. These lifestyle choices negatively affect sperm count and motility in men and can lead to irregular ovulation in women. Healthier lifestyle choices for both you and your partner can help improve your chances of successful conception. In addition to avoiding smoking, drinking, drugs and caffeine, you should also avoid exposure to chemicals and use of artificial sweeteners. Too little and too much weight can also impact your ability to get pregnant, so making an effort to either gain weight or lose weight can help improve your chances of getting pregnant. For best results, keep stress levels to a minimum and make sure to get adequate sleep on a regular basis.

How Long Does It Take the Average Couple to Get Pregnant?

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Even if you have been pregnant before or experienced a miscarriage in the past, successfully achieving pregnancy takes time. For the average couple under 30 years of age, 85 percent get pregnant within one year of trying. If you are under 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year or over 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for longer than six months without success, consult a fertility specialist to rule out any medical problems and determine whether you are a good candidate for medical intervention.