Someone asked us:
Q. My husband and I have been trying to have a child, but even when we get the timing correct, I just can’t seem to get pregnant. I have regular periods and all. What other things could be causing this? (I mean in general, as obviously, to get an exact answer I would need to see a doctor.)
We’re sorry you’re having trouble getting pregnant. Sometimes this stuff just takes awhile — it can take up to a year for a woman to get pregnant, and that’s considered normal. So most health care providers suggest a woman try for a year before seeking infertility testing.
Certain health problems can make getting pregnant more difficult. Don’t wait a whole year before talking with your nurse or doctor if you have a history of
- ectopic pregnancy
- irregular periods (sounds like you’re off the hook for this one)
- pelvic inflammatory disease
- repeated miscarriages
- thyroid problems
Some health care providers recommend that women over 35 seek infertility testing after six months of trying to get pregnant, so if you’re over 35 and it’s been more than six months, give your doctor a call.
Best of luck to you!
-Amy at PPFA