Not getting pregnant? What next?
If you’re trying to get pregnant and you don’t conceive as fast as you expected, it doesn’t mean you’re infertile. If you’re wondering how to conceive a baby, maybe you’re simply out of sync with your cycle. With a better understanding of your body you can improve your chance of conceiving.
When do you ovulate? Use our ovulation calculator
When should you talk to your doctor?
Under 35? If you’ve been trying for a baby for six or more months, talk to your doctor about conceiving.
Over 35? If you’ve been trying to conceive for more than six months, talk to your doctor. If you need help getting pregnant, you’ll want to start as soon as possible as the success rate for fertility treatments drops as you get older.
If you’re overweight, have irregular periods or other gynaecological problems, speak to your doctor or gynaecologist straight away about conceiving a baby.
During your first consultation, your doctor will take a complete health history and may order fertility tests. These may include hormones, ultrasound, uterography (a radiological examination of the uterus and the fallopian tubes) and spermogram. Once the reason for infertility is identified, you may be able to get extra medical help conceiving a baby.
What are the options?
You have the option of several medically assisted conception techniques, including:
- Artificial insemination: your partner’s sperm or donor sperm is placed into your genital tract to facilitate fertilisation.
- In vitro fertilisation: your egg or a donor egg is fertilised with sperm in a laboratory to create embryos, which are then transferred to your uterus.
Speak to your doctor for more information about these options.
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