Why Can’t I Get Pregnant?

If you have been trying to conceive for awhile, you may be asking yourself, why can’t I get pregnant? There are several reasons why you are not getting pregnant. Below are some of the possible explanations as to why you have not been able to conceive.

You may not be having sex during the fertile period

You can get pregnant at any point during your cycle, but there are some days when you are more fertile than others. You are most fertile during the time that there is an egg in your ovaries.   You can keep track of your temperature and monitor your cervical secretions to determine the times that you are ovulating.  Your temperature will usually go up about 0.4 degrees when you are ovulating.  Your cervical mucus will also increase in volume and become clear and stretchy.
You may have a medical condition

There are a number of medical conditions that can prevent you from becoming pregnant. Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility.  Some of the signs of this condition include: irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth on the body and face, acne and weight gain. If you notice any of those signs of symptoms, you should be checked for PCOS.  If you have PCOS, you will probably be able to get pregnant after you get treatment.
Hypothyroidism is another condition that can cause infertility.  This illness occurs when your thyroid does not produce enough hormones.  Signs of hyperthyroidism include: hair loss, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles and constipation.  If you have hyperthyroidism, your doctor will prescribe a medication to  help your body restore normal hormone levels.

Your partner may be infertile

If you are in good health, but have not had any luck getting pregnant, your partner may be infertile. In fact, in 30 percent of the cases where a woman has not been able to get pregnant, the man is infertile.  He may have low sperm count or his sperm may not be off good quality. You should urge your partner to see a doctor if you suspect that he is infertile.

The good news is that there is hope for you if you have not been able to get pregnant. You may be able to get pregnant if you just relax and let nature take its course.    However, you may need fertility treatments if you do not conceive after a year.

When Are You Most Fertile?

When a couple is trying to conceive a child one of the most often asked questions is, “When are you most fertile?” This question of fertility applies to both men and women, and below is a quick guide to both female and male fertility.

Male fertility is still a fairly unknown world. However, male fertility is by far simpler than female. For the most part, factors that affect male fertility include age, sperm health, sperm count, stress levels, and physical activity. Younger men are more fertile than older, and active, healthy men are more fertile than their overworked or lazy counterparts. Male fertility is at its highest in the mid-twenties, especially in healthy, active males.

Female fertility takes a little more explaining. Like male fertility, age, health and physical activity are important, but even more important is the point in the menstrual cycle.  In terms of age, a woman is most fertile between 21 and 26 years old. However, only about two to three days of each month during these years is a woman actually likely to conceive. The menstrual cycle exists to release an egg each month in hopes of it being fertilized and pregnancy occurring. When the ovaries release an egg it is only viable for about one day. However, sperm can live inside a woman for about five to six days. So, if a woman has sex a few days before she ovulates she is quite likely to conceive.

Knowing that a female is most fertile when she is ovulating is only helpful if you can identify when she is ovulating. In a twenty-eight day cycle, ovulation occurs around the thirteenth or fourteenth day of the cycle. Not every woman’s cycle is the same, so fertility days will vary. Knowledge of where in the cycle a woman is will help her estimate her most fertile days. If difficultly in conception has been occurring, a visit to a fertility doctor can help identify fertile days, and test for any hormonal imbalances that could be impending conception.

Conceiving and birthing a child is one of the most exciting and joyful times in a woman’s life. Knowledge about when she is most likely to conceive is a huge asset in her journey to motherhood. While male fertility is far simpler, knowledge about his fertility is equally essential to conception. Bringing a child into the world takes two, and with the knowledge above, the likelihood of success rises.