Why can't weget pregnant?

Every couple’s experience is different—there are a lot of things that can contribute to or cause infertility. That’s why it may be time to see a fertility specialist (or reproductive endocrinologist), a doctor who specializes in helping people conceive and can help you find out why you may be struggling.

When should you see a fertility specialist?

Younger than 35

having unprotected sex for 1 year

Older than 35

having unprotected sex for 6 months

Common causes of fertility issues

Age

Fertility declines naturally as women age.

A healthy 30-year-old woman has about
25%—30% chance of getting pregnant naturally each month.

A healthy 40-year-old woman has a 10% or lower chance of getting pregnant naturally
each month.

Health Conditions

Certain health conditions can affect fertility:

  • Infrequent or irregular periods
  • History of recurrent miscarriage (2 or more)
  • Ovulation disorders or hormone
    imbalances like polycystic ovary
    syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine growths (like fibroids or polyps)
  • Blocked fallopian tubes or
    uterine disorders
  • Diminished ovarian reserve and/or
    poor egg quality

I never thought it would be hard for me to get pregnant. We were both young and healthy. So, I was glad when we finally decided to see a fertility specialist because it changed everything!

XO, Chrissy

Lifestyle factors

While not always a cause of fertility
issues, lifestyle can sometimes play a role.

  • Weight (being significantly
    under- or overweight)
  • Male partner’s drug use
  • Smoking
  • Excessive physical or
    emotional stress

I never thought it would be hard for me to get pregnant. We were both young and healthy. So, I was glad when we finally decided to see a fertility specialist because it changed everything!

XO, Chrissy

Did you know?

1 in 8 couples struggle to get and stay pregnant. If you’re struggling, learn about fertility treatment options >

Are you ready to take the next step?

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