Ali Nasseri, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center
May 22, 2013 -- If getting pregnant has been a challenge for you and your partner, you're not alone. Infertility issues affect an estimated 1 in 10 couples in the United States; but this rate increases with increased maternal age. Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained.
Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having unprotected intercourse for at least a year — or for at least six months if the woman is age 35 or older.
So how do you know when it is time to seek specialized help? The general rule is to seek help from a fertility specialist if you do not become pregnant within one year. But that general guideline does not take into account your age, your partner’s age, your health, the method of birth control you’ve been using, or other factors that could affect fertility.
You may want to consult with fertility specialist now if any of the following apply:
• You are age 35 or older
• Your menstrual periods are irregular or very painful
• You have been diagnosed with endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease
• You have a history of miscarriages
• The male partner has a family or personal history of male infertility or has had an abnormal semen analysis
Talk to your doctor about your concerns to see if he or she recommends an evaluation by a specialist. In many cases it pays to seek a fertility consultation sooner rather than later to improve your chances of a successful conception and pregnancy. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies that significantly improve your chances of becoming pregnant.
If you would like a consultation with one of our fertility specialists, please call us at 201-634-5400 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.