Fertility Basics: 5 Tips if You're Having Trouble Conceiving

Sick of seeing the single line? Then it's time to get serious about your efforts to conceive.
Sick of seeing the single line? Then it's time to get serious about your efforts to conceive.
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Usually, it can take up to six months for a couple looking to do some purposeful baby making to actually conceive, but sometimes that's not always the case. According to the Mayo Clinic, 10 to 15 percent of U.S. couples experience issues with infertility.

There are lots of factors that can contribute to infertility, involving both the female, the male or both. So as the expression goes, ladies first. Apart from advanced age, when it comes to women, blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, endometriosis, issues with ovulation, improper hormone production, early menopause, uterine fibroids, pelvic adhesions, thyroid problems, cancer, kidney disease and diabetes can all be to blame.

As for men, sometimes the trouble has to do with the production or performance of their sperm. For example, the little guys might be shaped wrong, move too slowly or simply be too few in number for one lucky trooper to hit the jackpot. A nearby varicose vein could be making the testicles run too hot, they could be undescended, or they could be receiving improper hormonal signals. Genetic defects, infections, blockages, retrograde ejaculation into the bladder, cystic fibrosis, cancer, age and anti-sperm antibodies can also be the issue.

Then there are some lifestyle issues that can be factors as well. Stress, diet, malnutrition, environmental toxins, obesity, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, drugs and medications can cause complications for both men and women.

It starts to seem incredible anyone can manage to get pregnant! If you've been trying to conceive for more than 6 months, or at least for more than a year, and it's just not happening, the first thing you should do is head to your doctor and discuss what might be complicating things in your particular case. Depending on what your doctor uncovers, chances are good he or she might recommend one of the following options.