Fertility Basics – Treating Infertility as the Medical Condition That It Is
What are the fertility basics that I need to know about becoming pregnant?
Fertility Basics | Age & Infertility
You may hear all different opinions on this. Here are a few facts on fertility basics to help you make well-founded decisions regarding your pregnancies.
How Long Should It Take Me to Become Pregnant?
If you are under 35 years old, take up to one year to try to conceive. If you are over 35, wait only six months.
When do you get that advice? If you are a woman and are trying to have a baby and want to make sure that you actually do have a baby.
Our reproductive systems, like all of our organs and systems sometimes need some help to work completely properly. There’s no shame in this. Sometimes you need to take medication for your liver or kidney to perform their functions so that you remain healthy. Sometimes it’s your heart or thyroid that needs attention.
Medical attention is medical attention.
And if your reproductive organs and system aren’t operating quite perfectly, that’s actually pretty easy to ascertain. ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine), along with ACOG (American Congress of Gynecology) have very specific guidelines about the amount of time that it should be expected to take to become pregnant.
How Do I Know If I Have a Fertility Problem?
No extensive tests are necessary to determine whether or not there is a fertility problem. If you have not gotten pregnant after one year of trying via sexual intercourse, there is a problem. And seeking medical attention for a medical problem makes the most sense so that you can build your family. No doubt that it’s distressing to realize that becoming pregnant the way that you dreamed you would is not happening. It’s distressing and it’s also a source of shame for a lot of us. Perhaps if we can see it as a medical problem, similar to other medical problems that we would not feel shame about, it will help us get the help that we need in a more timely manner.
Also, please remember that many fertility problems are solved more easily than you may realize. According to SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology), “IVF has received a great deal of media attention since it was first introduced in 1978, but it actually accounts for less than five percent of all infertility treatment in the United States.”
Why Seek Help After Six Months If I'm Over 35?
So why is the suggestion to seek help after six months after the age of 35? Simple. Fertility starts to decline for women when they are in their 20’s. Not their 30’s. And definitely not in their 40’s. According to many doctors, by the late 20’s there is a precipitous drop in fertility. According to both ASRM and SART, getting assistance in becoming pregnant quickly after the age of 35 is vital to being successful in becoming pregnant.
ASRM said it beautifully, “Infertility is NOT an inconvenience; it is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body's ability to perform the basic function of reproduction."
Given this description, doesn’t it make sense to avail yourself of the fertility medical treatment that you deserve?
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.