If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for a while, you may be wondering why you’re not getting pregnant. Firstly, you are not alone – there are many women across the world experiencing the same thing as you. According to statistics, one in every six couples experiences fertility problems. There could be many possible reasons why you haven’t fallen pregnant as yet, these problems may include ovulation irregularities, low sperm count, structural and reproductive system problems or other underlying medical problems. While infertility has symptoms like irregular periods, severe menstrual cramps – the truth about infertility is that it’s silent and not noticeable until you try to conceive. When it comes to male infertility, you rarely have symptoms. If you are under 35 and still haven’t fallen pregnant after a year of trying – you should visit a fertility clinic near you for an assessment. Here are a few reasons why you haven’t conceived yet.
How Long Have You Been Trying to Conceive?
One of the first things you and your partner need to establish is how long you have been trying to conceive? Sometimes it may feel like you trying forever – but maybe you also haven’t. The most important thing for couples to know that not everyone can or will conceive right away. If you look at the stats about 80% of couples trying to conceive fall pregnant after six months while approximately 90% of couples conceive after 12 months of trying to get pregnant.
Are You Ovulating Regularly
Many women who experience ovulation problems have irregular periods. But, sometimes having your menstrual cycles doesn’t always guarantee that ovulation is arising. For couples to conceive it requires an egg and sperm so, if you are not ovulating, you will not be able to produce an egg meaning you can’t get pregnant. Ovulation is also one of the most common causes of women’s infertility and it can be activated in many situations. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) could be a likely cause of not ovulating.
Having Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Your fallopian tubes are the trail between your ovaries and your uterus. Your fallopian tubes are not attached to your ovaries so sperm must travel from your cervix, through your uterus and into your fallopian tubes. Conception takes place inside of your fallopian tubes, this is where the sperm and egg meet. If you have any problems with your fallopian tubes or you have scarring causing the sperm not to pass through – you will not be able to fall pregnant. There are many causes of blocked fallopian tubes – some women with blocked tubes experience no pain or no symptoms while many others experience pain and other symptoms. Ovulatory issues take up about 25% of female infertility while the rest have problems are either uterine structural problems, blocked fallopian tubes or endometriosis. An important fact to take note of – is only fertility testing can determine whether your tubes are open or blocked.
Other Underlying Medical Issues
Some underlying medical problems can lead to infertility in both males and females. A known fact is that a thyroid inequality or diabetes can lead to you being infertile. Some autoimmune diseases such as lupus and even undiagnosed sexual transmitted diseases can cause infertility and even some prescribed medications can have an impact on fertility. It is important not to stop taking any of your prescribed medication without consulting your doctor first. Also, some undiagnosed sexual transmitted illnesses may not show any symptoms of you having a disease.
You must inform your doctor of any medication your or your partner is on especially if you are trying to conceive.