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How To Find Out If You Are Infertile: Self Assessment Made Easy

Sep 17, 2017

The most frequent question that most newly married couples get asked is, "When are u planning a baby?"

That may bring the question to your minds, "When is the right time to start trying for a baby?" This is a personal choice and individualized decision of every couple. Medically speaking, best time for a woman to conceive is between the age of 24 and 35. Beyond the age of 30, fertility starts to decline and this drop is quite sharp after the age of 35. This is because the quality and quantity of eggs declines as age advances.

Most couples expect that they will conceive the very first month that they start trying for a baby. So if a pregnancy does not occur immediately, you may start having doubts about your fertility and wondering, "How do I know if I am infertile," We see this happening often, so you are not alone. The reality is that it often takes time to reach the goal of conceiving. Knowing when to seek out extra help can make the conception journey a lot smoother than being left alone with your fears of infertility.

It might help to know that any normal fertile couple has a chance of only 25% to conceive in a given month. So what goes wrong 75% of times? It depends on the quality of eggs and sperms. Some sperms may not fertilize some eggs. Sometimes fertilization may occur, however the resulting embryo may not grow further due to certain arbitrary genetic errors, or sometimes just sheer luck, a good embryo may not stick to the womb.

However, if this couple tries for a year, the chance of a successful pregnancy is about 85 %.

This leaves 15% couples that despite having intercourse two to three times a week at about the time of ovulation, without using any form of birth control for a year are not pregnant. So even though you may feel that you are the only ones in the world with the problem, you are not alone. Many couples experience infertility and can be helped.

The longer a couple has been trying to conceive without success, the lesser their chances of getting pregnant without medical help. So ideally 1 year is the threshold for seeking medical help, however for a woman over the age of 35, it should be not more than 6 months of self trying. Yet, length of time is not the only indicator that you might be suffering from a fertility issue. Some health problems also increase the risk of infertility, and should warrant a visit to a specialist earlier. These include irregular or no periods, previous pelvic infections, previous miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies and difficulty or pain during intercourse.

The longer a couple has been trying to conceive without success, the lesser their chances of getting pregnant without medical help. So ideally 1 year is the threshold for seeking medical help, however for a woman over the age of 35, it should be not more than 6 months of self trying. Yet, length of time is not the only indicator that you might be suffering from a fertility issue. Some health problems also increase the risk of infertility, and should warrant a visit to a specialist earlier. These include irregular or no periods, previous pelvic infections, previous miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies and difficulty or pain during intercourse.

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