Trying To Conceive Myth #1 – Getting Pregnant Will Be Easy*

Falling pregnant is not necessarily easy. Given infertility is a topic which is usually not openly discussed, its prevalence in those amongst us, largely goes unnoticed. Consequently, it is more common than many realise. One in six couples in Australia will experience difficulties conceiving. A formal diagnosis of infertility can be given once a couple has been trying for one year without success. Though, on the positive side, most healthy couples manage to conceive within three months of trying.

The causes of infertility can be attributed to factors involving both females and males. 40% of cases are the result of sperm problems, and equally, 40% are due to problems within the female reproductive system. 30% of cases involve issues with both sexes.

A healthy couple has a 20% chance of conceiving in any one given cycle. So, it is more than likely that a few attempts will be required. Given this, when is advisable to seek help? Before racing down the path of treatment, it is best make sure the process of falling pregnant is understood. For example, it is important to know when ovulation occurs and the optimal timing of intercourse. If you are however under the age of 35, it is advisable to seek assistance after one year of trying. Those over 35, should do so after six months. If there is a known condition which may affect fertility, then seeking help sooner is advisable.

*This is the first of a list of 13 myths concerning conception which was compiled by Dr Minna Geisler from The Waterstone Clinic in Ireland.

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