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When to Seek Help

Knowing when to seek help is one the most difficult things a person faces when trying to conceive, but it doesn't have to be. There is a rule of thumb determined by age and fertility that fertility specialists go by in order to determine when would be the right time to seek help.

Under Age 30 = 12 months

If you are under age 30 and have been trying to become pregnant without success for more than 12 months, it is time to see a fertility specialist for a discussion of possible causes and simple testing.

Over Age 30 = 6 months

If you are over age 30 and have been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for more than 6 months, you should schedule an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist-infertility to discuss your medical history and get some simple testing done that will help eliminate some of the possible causes of infertility.

You will want to consult with a fertility specialist before trying to conceive if you have a family history of reproductive problems, have recently been diagnosed with cancer or another disease that requires drugs for treatment that affect fertility, have irregular or painful periods, or a history of ovarian cysts, PCOS or uterine fibroids.

Everyone trying to conceive wants to know how to improve fertility. Improved diet, vitamins, knowing when is the best time to have intercourse, and possibly having a specialist monitor follicle growth and uterine conditions can all help improve fertility.

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