Struggling to get pregnant? Find out when it’s time to see a fertility specialist

Although we think of it as a joyful and happy occasion, trying for a baby can be a difficult and emotional experience for many couples. Have you and your spouse been trying to get pregnant for a few cycles with no success? Are you becoming increasingly anxious or stressed about trying to conceive. Or, are you are planning to have a baby but because you’re over 35, you wonder if you should head straight to the doctor?

If you answered yes to one of the above questions then sometimes seeing a professional can really help, whether you are struggling to get pregnant or planning to try for a baby. Here’s our guide to help you understand when it is the right time to see a fertility specialist.

Taking care of you & when to see a fertility specialist

First of all, it’s never too early to be concerned about your fertility. And, that goes for anyone thinking about trying to conceive. In fact, most doctors would recommend you visit a gynaecologist for a check up and consultation before you start trying.

Your doctor can not only check you over physically but find out more about your health and family medical history to spot any potential problems early on.

While it is common for many couples to fall pregnant immediately upon trying, others have to try for a longer period. Here’s a rough guide.

  • If you and your partner or spouse are healthy and under the age of 35 (40 for men), you should try for a baby for up to 12 months before going to see a fertility specialist.
  • However, if you are both over 35, you should seek advice from a fertility specialist if you are still struggling to get pregnant after 6 months of trying.
  • If you have any conditions that are linked to infertility then seeks the help of a professional. Take a look at our infertility checklist on the next page to see if this applies to you.

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Infertility checklist – why you might be struggling to get pregnant?

Find out what could be causing your infertility with our checklist on the next page…