Now that we’ve discussed the odds of conceiving by age, this information can help you determine whether you should see a doctor if your efforts seem to be taking longer than what may be considered normal. This is also helpful for women who are in their late thirties or older, as they may want to be more preemptive about seeking fertility counseling to get pregnant sooner instead of waiting it out longer.
One in seven couples may experience some difficulties in becoming pregnant naturally and will seek assistance. In general, any couple who has been TTC for a period of one year and has been engaging in regular, unprotected intercourse should consider seeing a doctor. In addition, women who are in their mid-30s may want to begin considering fertility treatment at six months, while women who are over 40 may want to consider it sooner than that, due to the fact that fertility odds decline quickly for women who are 35 and older.1 If the male partner has any known possible fertility complications, such as low libido, erection or ejaculation problems, or pain, discomfort, or swelling in the testicles, it is advisable to visit with a doctor sooner to address the cause of such issues and receive treatment.2
Keep in mind that circumstances vary from one couple to the next. For some couples, a time frame of two years is completely normal, even though it might feel like a very long time. For others, pregnancy can happen very quickly. Factors such as monthly fertility levels and overall health of both the mother and the father contribute to the likelihood of becoming pregnant.
Ultimately, if you’re concerned about the amount of time it’s taking you to become pregnant, the decision about when to see a doctor is yours to make. In upcoming chapters, we’ll discuss what you can expect in consulting a fertility expert, as well as the types of tests that you can take to determine fertility for both women and men.