When you’re struggling to conceive, it can seem like everyone is succeeding but you. The truth of the matter is that one in six couples struggle to conceive their first baby, so you’re certainly not alone. And, while it might seem that continuing to try is futile, many women find that they conceive perfectly naturally, it just takes them well over a year of trying. There are many different causes of difficulty conceiving, so speaking to your doctor is the best starting point. They will be able to advise on these following points.
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Check out your health
When a woman is unhealthy, her chances of conceiving take a significant nosedive. Even carrying a few extra pounds can drop the probability, and it can also increase the likelihood of problems during pregnancy too. It can also be problematic to be underweight too, as the menstrual cycle becomes more erratic and hormones follow suit. Your doctor may advise weight loss or gain, and a change in diet or exercise routine to see if that helps initially.
Take a look at your man
Interestingly, we always look at the woman’s health when we discuss fertility, but rarely the man’s. In actual fact, if a man is over or under weight that will also affect his sperm count, and the health of his sperm. It’s also affected by drinking, smoking, recreational drug use, and even stress and anxiety. So if you’re struggling to conceive, don’t overlook his health.
Ask for a fertility check
There are so many things that can cause a couple to become infertile, or even just that make conception harder. Polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis are two of the most common causes of problems, but they don’t make it impossible to carry a baby to term. In these cases, a doctor might suggest artificial insemination, known as IUI, to help your body on its way. They will also want to check your man’s sperm count, check your ovaries and fallopian tubes, and track your ovulation cycle. After this, they’ll best be able to advise on other options.
Look into other options
It’s a sad truth that many couples aren’t able to conceive at all. In these cases, looking to the future can be painful, but all hope isn’t lost. Many couples choose to go for sperm or egg donors, surrogacy, or even adoption. Your doctor will be able to advise on which is best for your family, and may also refer you to a specialist counseling service who will be able to help you deal with the emotional side of the process as well.
Don’t lose hope
This is the most important bit – never lose hope. It can be devastating to find out that you might not be able to have a baby by the conventional method, but it isn’t the end of the road or the end of your dreams of a little family. Look after each other, and try to remain positive, you’ve totally got this.