When most couples make the decision to start a family, they’re often surprised at the amount of time it can take to achieve a pregnancy. Many healthy, normal couples will try for several months before successfully achieving a pregnancy. While each journey to parenthood is unique, there are certain indicators that can signify the need to consider medical assistance.

You’ve Been Trying to conceive for One Year Without Success

If you have been trying to conceive for a year (or six months if you are over 35) without success, we recommend that you consult with a fertility specialist or call (972) 566-6866.

You have a history of miscarriage or infertility.

If you or your partner have undergone treatment for infertility in the past, there is a high likelihood that it will interfere with your ability to conceive naturally. Additionally, if you are a woman who has experienced two or more miscarriage or who has a family history of recurrent pregnancy loss, we recommend that you speak with your OB/GYN prior to attempting to conceive.

Your menstrual cycle is irregular or completely absent.

Due to a hormonal imbalance, inconsistent ovulation, polycystic ovary syndrome, or early menopause, your menstrual cycle may be irregular or cease. The irregularity or absence of menstruation are strong indicators of infertility, and women experiencing these symptoms who wish to conceive should seek medical assistance.

You or your partner have/had a reproductive condition.

Women who suffer from endometriosis, PCOS, PID, or other reproductive diseases will often have difficulty conceiving. Likewise, men who have had any condition relating to their reproductive organs or who have a history of hormonal imbalance may be infertile. Both men and women who have/had a reproductive condition should consult their physician after six months of attempting to conceive naturally.

You or your partner have/had a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

If you or your partner currently have an STD, it is important to seek out medical assistance before attempting to conceive. While many STDs can cause temporary infertility, others can cause permanent damage. If you or your partner have undergone treatment for an STD in the past and have attempted to conceive for six months without success, we recommend you speak to a fertility specialist.

If any of these scenarios apply to you, or if you are unsure of when to seek fertility treatment, contact SIRM Dallas at (972) 566-6686 to schedule an appointment with our fertility specialists.