The Shocking Truth: 10 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting Pregnant

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Getting pregnant is easier said than done for at least 10% percent of women in the U.S.  About 90% of women will conceive after one year of trying. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant without success, consider these reasons and possible solutions.

  1. You’re not having sex at the right time. The only way a woman can get pregnant is if the egg is fertilized by sperm but if there’s no egg, there’s no baby. If you don’t get your period every month, there’s a strong possibility that you’re not ovulating. What can you do? Buy an over-the-counter ovulation kit (many are sold at the dollar store) to determine if you’re ovulating.
  2. You might have scar tissue in your tubes or in your uterus.  If you’ve had a history of a sexually transmitted infection or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), your tubes might be blocked. A procedure called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) inserts dye into the uterus and tubes to see if they’re open or closed.
  3. Your partner’s sperm count might be low. Male infertility accounts for 23% of reasons why women can’t get pregnant. If you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant after a year, please see your healthcare provider.
  4. There might be something wrong with your uterus.  “Congenital anomalies” means something was wrong with your uterus from birth.  An HSG will make the diagnosis.
  5. You could have endometriosis which is tissue from the uterus on places such as the ovaries, rectum, abdomen or other unlikely places. Severe pain during the times of your period gives a clue about this possible condition.
  6. Your eggs might be too old. Your age plays a significant role in your ability to conceive. If you’re over 30 and can’t get pregnant, please see your health care provider. IVF (in vitro fertilization) is very successful for women in their 30’s.
  7. You’re having a lot of miscarriages. Two or more miscarriages could signify an autoimmune disorder and a good reason to see a infertility specialist.
  8. There might be something wrong with either your genes or your partner’s. Another reason to see an infertility specialist.
  9. You’re trying too hard.  There have been studies that have proven that meditation and hypnosis has helped women get pregnant.  You might be one of those success stories when all else has failed.
  10. You’re overweight.  If you’re overweight and not getting your period, you’re not ovulating. I had a patient who had been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for years. She lost 10 pounds, became pregnant and the mother of a beautiful baby girl. Losing weight can help.

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully for over a year, it’s time to move your feet and find out why.

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One thought on “The Shocking Truth: 10 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting Pregnant

  1. It took me 15 cycles to conceive naturally. Officially, I had “unexplained” infertility, in that there was no clear cause of my infertility. However, my hormones were a bit off…even though my test results were within normal ranges. I did a couple of things that may have (although its not proven) helped me:

    – lost weight (I wasn’t obese, but shed 15 lbs)
    – started taking prenatals and B-complex vitamins (B vitamins help you metabolize estrogen)
    – stopped taking prescription Naproxen (NSAIDs have been shown to interfere with ovulation…check your prescription drugs!)
    – cut out about 90% of my caffeine intake

    I’m not saying that any one of these things helped me to conceive. However it is a process. I also charted my BBT (which improved over time) and went for an HSG and MRI (not commonly used in the fertility work-up, but I had a large cervical cyst). I’m also in my 30s, and never had a baby before…so that was a consideration as well.

    While 90% of women conceive in a year, the statistics are even better when you look at the two-year conception rate (which I ‘think’ is 95% or so). When I reached the one-year mark, I became pretty stressed…thinking that it would never happen. However, my body was just gearing up…for that good egg and the good timing for conception to occur. So don’t give up! Especially if you are doing things to help improve your fertility. Sometimes it just takes time for nature to take its course (but do not waste time either…make sure to develop a good relationship with your doctor).

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