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.”