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“Why Am I Not Able To Get Pregnant?”

NCCRM infertility center Cary understands how tough it can be on you and your partner to continue trying to conceive with no luck. Sometimes infertility can have symptoms like irregular periods or severe menstrual cramps, but in other cases, the causes of infertility are silent with no symptoms, especially in men. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you and your partner have been trying but still have not successfully gotten pregnant:

“Have We Been Trying Long Enough?”

The first thing to consider is how long have you been trying. With well-timed intercourse, about 80% of couples conceive after six months of trying and approximately 90% will be pregnant after 12 months of trying to get pregnant. You should contact NCCRM infertility center Cary if you are younger than 35 and have been trying for over a year, or are over 35 and have been trying for over 6 months. 

“Do I have Ovulation Problems?”

Anovulation, or the lack or absence of ovulation, is a common cause of female infertility and it can be triggered by many conditions including PCOS, being over or underweight, primary ovarian insufficiency, a thyroid dysfunction, hyperprolactinemia, and excessive exercise. Most women who are experiencing ovulation problems have irregular periods. So if you have irregular cycles, talk to your doctor, even if you haven’t been trying for a year yet.

“Maybe It’s Him And Not Me?”

Since male infertility rarely has symptoms that are observable without a semen analysis, be sure that you both get tested. 20-30% of infertile couples discover fertility factors on the man’s side, and another 40% find infertility factors on both sides.

“Are We Too Old To Get Pregnant?”

For women after age 35, and for men after age 40, it can take longer to get pregnant. Some women assume if they still get regular periods their fertility is fine, but this isn’t true. Age impacts egg quality as well as quantity, so if your partner is five or more years older than you are, this can further increase your risk of fertility problems after age 35.

“Could My Fallopian Tubes Be Blocked?”

There are many possible causes of blocked fallopian tubes. While some women with blocked tubes experience pelvic pain, many others have no symptoms. Only fertility testing can determine if your tubes are open.

“Do I Have Endometriosis?”

Endometriosis is when endometrium-like tissue (which is the tissue that lines the uterus) grows in places outside of the uterus. It’s estimated that up to 50% of women with endometriosis will have difficulty getting pregnant. Endometriosis is commonly misdiagnosed or is simply missed because not all women show the common symptoms of painful periods and pelvic pain at times besides menstruation, and diagnostic laparoscopic surgery is required for a diagnosis.

“Could One Of Us Have An Underlying Medical Problem?”

Underlying medical conditions can lead to infertility in both men and women. Make sure both your doctor and your partner’s doctor know you’re trying to get pregnant so they can be on the lookout for underlying medical problems like diabetes, a thyroid imbalance, autoimmune diseases, STDs, and even depression.


NCCRM infertility center Cary was established in 1992 to provide advanced reproductive techniques to couples who dream of having their own child. We understand that infertility can be a personal crisis with many facets, with one out of every six couples in the United States facing these challenges. At NCCRM, we try to minimize that stress by being sensitive to each individual situation with individualized treatment plans and total care within one center. We invite you to put your confidence in our team at NCCRM – contact us today to learn more!

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