About Fertility

When to Seek Help for Infertility

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You’ve tried to get pregnant but wonder if it’s time to take a different approach. Most couples desiring a pregnancy expect success immediately. However, the natural chance of becoming pregnant in any given month is only 20%. When to seek help for infertility is a common question for patients experiencing difficulty when trying to conceive.

What Is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after one year of trying. This definition may be valid for healthy women under age 35 who have regular menstrual cycles, but women 35 years of age and over who have regular periods should seek help from a fertility specialist after trying to become pregnant for 6 months. Women, regardless of age, who have irregular cycles defined as less than 25 or more than 35 day intervals should seek assistance immediately. Similarly, women over 40 should also not delay.

Did You Know…

  • Infertility affects 15 million people in the U.S. annually, both men and women?
  • Fertility declines in men after age 50 and declines in women after age 30?
  • 13% of women aged 26 to 34 have difficulty having a baby?
  • 25% of women between 35 to 39 have difficulty conceiving?
  • 34% of women attempting pregnancy at age 40 will have difficulty?

Underlying Causes of Infertility

Seeking the care of a fertility doctor helps you identify any medical conditions contributing to your ability to become pregnant. Our physicians are skilled in diagnosing fertility problems, and guiding our patients through the process with care and expertise.

Understanding Infertility Treatment

Infertility treatments include more than in vitro fertilization (IVF). If you’re looking for a different, guided approach to getting pregnant, a fertility specialist can review the treatment options available to you based on your medical history.

Contact Us

At Fertility Centers of New England, our goal is to optimize all aspects of a patient’s overall health in order to have the best possible chance of conceiving. If you have more questions on when to seek help for infertility, please contact us today!


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