August 4, 2011

When to Seek Help for Infertility

Most couples desiring a pregnancy expect success immediately. However, the natural chance of becoming pregnant any given month is only 20%. 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.

Many needing care fail to ever seek care or delay getting help. Reasons for delay include, wanting to conceive naturally, believing treatments are too expensive, stressful, and emotionally draining, and due to lack of knowledge. At the Fertility Centers of New England, we understand that you want to keep trying, you are concerned about cost, you are worried about what it will do to your relationships, and you want to know more. That is why we pledge to provide the most compassionate and cost competitive care possible giving you your best chance for having a healthy baby. We are here and ready to help you through the entire process and will be by your side at every step when you are ready, on your own time, and at your own pace. It all starts after you make your first decision-keep waiting or seek care.

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Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D.

Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D. Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility