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Why Am I Not Getting Pregnant? Our Expert Is Answering!

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Peeing on a stick only to realize the results are negative every time can be extremely disappointing. With so many stories about women capable of getting pregnant so easily, this can get really scary at some point, especially if you’ve been trying to conceive for months already. But you don’t have to worry — only about 20% of couples are affected by infertility.

Meaning, there’s a very high chance that you’re perfectly healthy and capable of getting pregnant, but you just need to insist on this. Our expert is analyzing the reasons why you are not getting pregnant, from miscalculations of your ovulation date to excessive stress and alcohol and/or tobacco consumption, to medical conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids below.

1. Miscalculation of Your Ovulation Date

Many women misremember the date they ovulate, or are supposed to ovulate. It’s not uncommon for this to happen, no matter how accurate your calculations are most of the time. If you ovulate earlier than you thought, then it’s no doubt that you aren’t getting pregnant. An egg survives for up to 24 hours in the fallopian tube, and if you don’t have baby-making sex within that time frame, then you’ll have to wait until the next month before you can conceive.

Find out more about this topic here: Can You Get Pregnant If You’re Not Ovulating?

It can be difficult to keep track of your periods if you don’t write the dates down. Consider keeping a calendar with not only the dates when your period starts, but also the dates when you ovulate for better reference in the future. Ovulation kits are also available to help you determine when you ovulate, so you can accurately keep track of these dates.

Read also: When Is The Best Time to Get Pregnant?

2. Too Much Stress

Did you know that too much stress can cause hormonal changes that will ultimately interfere with conceiving? Stress can take a toll on your physical and mental health, so it’s important to free up some time for yourself every now and then. Exercising, doing something you like, going to a therapist and watching funny videos can all help reduce stress levels. Have you been accepting all sorts of responsibilities lately? If yes, then it’s time to learn to say no, and think about your own well-being first.

3. Weight Issues

Those extra pounds can make you feel quite uncomfortable about yourself, but do you know what else they can do? They can hinder your efforts of getting pregnant as well! Even if you are ovulating regularly, being just a few pounds over your normal boy weight can decrease your chance of getting pregnant significantly. On the other hand, a woman who is underweight has a greater chance of not ovulating regularly, which will obviously prevent you from conceiving.

If you’re dealing with weight issues, we recommend that you visit a nutritionist and dietitian to get a personalized diet and exercise program that addresses your personal needs. Once you get to a normal, healthy weight, conceiving will be much easier, and you will be able to get pregnant with less effort.

4. Smoking

According to Dr. John Jain, Medical Director of Santa Monica Fertility, smoking can have a huge impact on fertility, as it may cause irregular ovulation, one of the biggest problems women have when it comes to getting pregnant. But it’s not only the female factor — it’s also the male factor, because smoking can decrease the quality of sperm, making it less viable and messing with the shape and regularity of sperm cells.

Smoking is also associated with:

  • higher risk of miscarriage and premature birth;
  • higher risk of low birth weight babies.

If either you or your partner (or both) are smokers, it’s time to quit this totally unhealthy habit for good, otherwise you may put your baby at a risk.

5. Low Progesterone

Low progesterone is one of the primary causes of not getting pregnant. After ovulation, the egg takes on a new role of producing progesterone in order to support embryo implantation for pregnancy to actually start. If your body doesn’t produce enough progesterone, the development of the uterine lining (called endometrium) will be disordered, which will interfere with the fertilized egg’s attachment to the womb. Obviously, if the attachment doesn’t take place, pregnancy can’t start.

Talk to your doctor or midwife about your problem getting pregnant, and take a blood test to see if you have low progesterone levels in your body.

6. Age

As you age, your ability to conceive decreases. Every woman is born with one to two million eggs. Once you get your first period, you start losing eggs every month, both in quantity and quality. By the time you hit puberty, you’ll have only about 300,000 eggs left, and by the time you reach menopause, at 51, you’ll have no more eggs, and hence you’ll be unable to get pregnant.

The gradual loss of eggs, called atresia, is unstoppable and irreversible. If you’re ages 35-40, give yourself one year or so before seeking medical help. If you’re older than 45 years, you may want to talk to your doctor about your difficulty getting pregnant, so he/she can test the viability of your eggs, and determine if you can conceive.

7. Other Medical Conditions

If none of the above applies to you, then you may actually deal with a medical condition that’s preventing you from getting pregnant.

Such conditions include:

  • Uterine fibroids;
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS);
  • Endometriosis;
  • Ovarian cysts;
  • Cancer of the vagina, uterus or cervix;
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

It’s not possible to put an accurate diagnosis if you don’t have the issue checked by a specialist. It’s important to talk to your midwife or doctor about the issue as soon as possible, because many conditions are treatable, and thus you can still get pregnant fairly soon if you address them on time. Ignoring the symptoms and not getting appropriate treatment can result in infertility, so it’s important to get the underlying condition diagnosed on time.

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