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I've been trying to get pregnant – when do I need to see a fertility doctor?

I've been trying to get pregnant – when do I need to see a fertility doctor?

If you're younger than 35 and haven't become pregnant after one year of unprotected sex, it's time to consult a fertility doctor. If you're age 35 or older, it's best to see a specialist after about six months of trying to conceive.

Certain conditions can also affect fertility, so it may make sense to get treatment before spending a full six months or a year trying to get pregnant naturally. Talk to your doctor if you have a history of:

Even if you've never been diagnosed with a specific medical condition, certain symptoms or physical characteristics can indicate a problem that could affect your fertility. Talk to your doctor if you have trouble getting pregnant along with any of the following signs:

  • Periods that are absent, irregular, painful, prolonged, or very heavy
  • Daily pelvic pain
  • Scalp hair loss
  • Severe acne
  • Excessive facial and body hair

Keep in mind that smoking, drinking alcohol, having more than 300 mg of caffeine daily (about two 8-ounce cups of coffee), or being significantly overweight or underweight can also negatively impact fertility and pregnancy.

To make sure you're doing all you can to maximize your chance of getting pregnant, see:

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