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Most couples who start trying to get pregnant have read up about their chances a little, and have heard that it can easily take six months to a year to conceive. You may go into your first cycle being excited about the prospect of expecting a baby, and then be a little disappointed when the pregnancy test comes up negative. By the fifth month, you may be frustrated.

And when you have been trying to get pregnant more than one year, you want answers on why it is not happening. Trying to conceive for longer than a year may indicate fertility problems in you, your partner, or both particularly if you are both young(ish) and trying to live a healthy life. If you are over 40, you may want to consider making an appointment with a fertility specialist.

The same thing goes for couples who suspect they have an underlying medical problem that could be causing fertility problems. Before you do look for medical help, or simultaneously, you may want to consider the following:

  • Are you having regular intercourse? Too much, or too little, can result in issues with a man's sperm quality and sperm count.
  • Are you aware of the date on which you ovulate? If so, which method are you using to determine your most fertile days? Consider using ovulation tests if you are not already doing so.
  • Are you sure you are ovulating at all?
  • Are there any aspects of your lifestyle that could have a negative impact on your fertility? This could be smoking, drinking alcohol, or being obese, for instance.

Sometimes, the cause behind infertility can be very simple and easy to solve. But if you are not pregnant because of medical issues, you will certainly benefit from being aware of those issues so that you can take steps to overcome your infertility.

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