Is It Time to See a Fertility Specialist?
By IRMS, Fertility Clinics in NJ
Many women today have misconceptions as to how much their age and their “biological clock” play a role in their quest to have children. Few women or couples expect to have difficulty conceiving as they attempt to have a family, but statistics tell us that 1 in 7 couples in the U.S. will face some form of infertility in their lifetime and only 50% of them will ever seek treatment.
If you are a woman under the age of 35, it is reasonable to try to conceive on your own for up to 12 months. If, after that time, you are not pregnant, it is appropriate to seek the counsel of a Reproductive Endocrinologist for a complete work-up. For women of 35 and over a work-up is recommended after 6 months of trying to conceive on your own. A complete workup is critical so patients can move forward with the appropriate treatment for them, knowing all of the protocols available. If you are having specific symptoms (e.g. significant pain during intercourse, very irregular or non-existent menstrual cycles, exceptionally painful menstrual periods, etc.), it may be appropriate to seek the opinion of a Reproductive Endocrinologist prior to the times recommended in these general guidelines.
If having a family is a priority for you, be proactive, be your own advocate and seek the appropriate treatment so that you allow yourself the greatest opportunity for a successful outcome.