Starting a family is an exciting milestone in many young couples’ lives — but this process isn’t always as easy as the movies might make it seem. In reality, many couples may be referred to a fertility clinic due to difficulties in conceiving. But how can you be certain that it’s time to visit a specialist? The following are some of the most common indicators that an additional diagnosis and treatment may be needed to help you have a successful pregnancy.
1. Multiple Miscarriages
Despite popular belief to the contrary, miscarriages are relatively common. It is estimated that between 15 to 25 percent of pregnancies result in a miscarriage, though this number may be even higher when one accounts for miscarriages that occur before a woman realizes she is pregnant.
While a single miscarriage doesn’t necessarily point to a fertility problem, couples who experience multiple miscarriages may be dealing with genetic disorders or other health conditions that prevent a healthy pregnancy. Hormonal imbalances and previously undetected issues with the uterus can also contribute to the problem, which requires investigation by a specialist.
2. Irregular Periods
An inconsistent period is often an indicator of underlying fertility issues. When periods occur at irregular intervals, you likely will also experience irregular ovulation. If you often miss periods altogether, this could mean that ovulation isn’t occurring at all.
Though these ovulatory disorders can make it much harder to conceive, medications are readily available to help address these issues. These medications help regulate the reproductive system so that your body experiences regular ovulation. Though a consultation with a fertility specialist is needed to begin such treatments, this initial step is often enough to help many couples conceive.
3. Not Getting Pregnant
Many couples believe they won’t get pregnant unless they are “trying” to conceive by having unprotected sex during ovulation. While intercourse during this time can greatly increase the chances of becoming pregnant, most couples that don’t use protection are still able to conceive in under a year even when they aren’t “actively trying.”
If you’ve been trying to conceive for 12 months without any results, an underlying fertility issue could be keeping you from getting pregnant. Visiting a fertility specialist will allow you to receive the testing and diagnosis needed to begin the next stage of your journey.
Struggles with infertility can be emotionally challenging. But this is one trial you don’t have to face on your own. By consulting with fertility professionals, you can gain the insight and assistance you need to move forward and start your family.