The dawning realization that you may not be able to conceive now that you have begun trying can be shocking. Most of us assume that once we have chosen to start a family, it will just happen. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. In fact, 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women), have trouble achieving or sustaining a pregnancy (2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, CDC).
The decision to seek help is a difficult one, and there is no one size fits all approach to this. According to Dr. Peyman Saadat, there are, however, certain markers and guidelines that are generally accepted in the medical community and the fertility field in particular.
The first thing to know is that time is the most important factor of all. The age of the woman has been shown in study after study to have the most impact on her fertility. Also of significance is the time since a couple began trying to conceive.
It is well known that women are most fertile in their twenties, begin to become less fertile as they approach their mid- thirties, and by their forties they have a less than average chance of becoming pregnant. Still, many women wait to seek treatment.
Dr. Peyman Saadat has found the reluctance to turn to a Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility specialist) may be due to many factors, including embarrassment, difficulty accepting or acknowledging there is an issue, financial reasons, or perhaps their ob/gyn or primary care physician is advising that that they keep trying and will not provide a referral to a specialist.
The guideline to keep in mind is if you are over 35 years old and have been having unprotected sex for 6 months, it is time to consider seeing a specialist. Dr. Peyman Saadat recommends that you don’t wait in hopes that it may just happen. There is no harm in making sure that everything is ok, and if not, you are one step closer to addressing the issue and becoming the parent you are meant to be. When you are ready to talk to a specialist, call us at RFC at 310.929.6707.