This may seem unlikely, but it can take a couple up to 12 months to conceive. While women are most fertile between the ages of 20 and 24, it still doesn't mean they can get pregnant right away. Because of this, many doctors tell their patients not to use any form of birth control for that duration of time, at least. Even if your timing seems right, conception is not a guaranteed thing naturally the first time or two of trying. If after a year nothing has worked, then you can reach out to your doctor.
If you’re over 35, you may think that you’re unable to have a child the natural way. But that’s not 100% true. If you’re over that age, try to conceive naturally for at least six months. If it’s been that amount of time or longer and you still haven’t gotten anywhere, reach out to an infertility specialties doctor.
Did you know that your weight can impact your reproductive system? Women who have a BMI under 18 or over 30 tend to have a harder time getting pregnant. Sit down with your doctor and discuss how you can achieve a normal BMI before even trying to conceive. Even if your BMI isn’t where you’d like it to be, you still may be able to get pregnant, so give it a little time before trying IVF.
Your thyroid can impact your chances of having a healthy baby and pregnancy. Unfortunately, that means your baby could be born with abnormalities or you could miscarry. If you have a thyroid issue, or you suspect you may have one, speak with your doctor immediately. Even if you think you should just go straight to an IVF clinic, talking with your doctor first can be an immense help.
IVF has done wonderful things for many people. But even if you’re having trouble conceiving and think you should visit an IVF clinic, wait a little bit. Give the natural way a fair chance and then follow up with a fertility specialist.