Pregnancy: A Test in Patience and Persistence

Not everyone’s journey to motherhood looks the same. On average couples trying will achieve pregnancy:

  • 57% within three months
  • 72% within six months
  • 85% within a year

For the 15 percent who don’t conceive within a year, Sarah Schultz, MD, CHI Health Ob-Gyn, says it’s time to talk to your provider about fertility. For women with a known endometriosis diagnosis, or those over the age of 35, she suggests coming in after six months.

“A third of the time, fertility issues stem from the woman, and about a third of the time it’s the man. The other 40 percent of the time it’s a combination, or it’s unexplained,” Dr. Schultz said. “We can get a lot of answers from lab work, hormone analysis, ultrasounds and other non-invasive methods.”

“Your ability to conceive is not a reflection of you or your worth.” 

Once identified, many specific abnormalities can be fixed with lifestyle changes, medications or surgeries. For the unexplained issues, the next step is a referral to a specialist.

“There are many ways to grow a family that we can explore together,” Dr. Schultz said. “We will walk this road with you and do everything we can to support you on this journey.” 

Sarah Schultz, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology