How long should a couple with fertility problems wait before seeing a specialist?

Share this article with other mums

Many couples encounter difficulty in conceiving. But, when is it time to see a fertility doctor? Read on to find out.

Deciding to start a family is one of the biggest decisions a couple will make together.

However, conception is not always easy for everyone. While some get pregnant on the first try, others only achieve success after a few months.

But, what if a year passes and you still can’t seem to get pregnant? Is it time to seek professional help?

One mum took to ParentTown to seek the advice of her fellow mums.

screengrab: ParentTown

screengrab: ParentTown

“As a guide, doctors usually recommended seeking professional help if you have been trying for a year. If you are over 35, you can consult a fertility specialist after six months of trying,” one parent wrote in response.

One mum, Febby A., believes the decision to see a specialist depends on a woman’s needs as well as on her “biological clock”. “Do you have more time?” she asks the concerned user. “If not, then I don’t think you need to wait to meet a doctor.”

“I think it depends on when you want to go after trying for long time as well as your age as well.”

Another mum recounted one of her friends who encountered fertility struggles. “They waited a few years before trying. They tried so hard then they went to fertility expert, unfortunately it was not successful then they gave up,” writes Tikky N.. “Few months later, my friend got pregnant. I think it depends on when you want to go after trying for long time as well as your age as well.”

Cathy L., now a mum of two, shares how she once had difficulty conceiving. Her gynecologist told her it usually takes a year before you should seek medical help for fertility issues. She also recommends getting a sperm test for her husband done prior to any fertility treatments.

A natural fertility expert also responded to the posted question, saying: “After 12 months of trying randomly or 6 months, if you are trying on the best days where you see clearly, slippery cervical mucus that looks like raw egg white.”

Next page: How can you know if you should visit a fertility doctor?

Fertility Issues Getting Pregnant