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.