Only about eight out of ten women will achieve a pregnancy within twelve months of trying, and about one in eight women have difficulties getting pregnant. Fertility (likelihood of getting pregnant) drops as you get older. Fewer women become pregnant in the first 12 months when they are more than 35 years old. If you are a woman over 35, or if you think that either you or your partner may have a fertility problem, see your doctor after six months of trying.
There are some things that may increase your chances of becoming pregnant, including some lifestyle changes, and sometimes medical treatments. If these do not help, reproductive medicine units may be able to help in several different ways.
- about 40% of the time there is some problem with the woman
- about 40% with the man
- and in about 20% of couples no cause can be found.
These symptoms or situations may indicate that you may have a problem getting pregnant - the information is on the Victorian Government website 'Better Health Channel':
- Having irregular periods - this may indicate problems with ovulation or due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Past pelvic infection - for more information, have a look at the topic on Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Unusual pain with intercourse or when you have your periods, perhaps due to Endometriosis