The decision to start your family is an exciting one. You imagine the joyous experience of pregnancy and bringing home your new baby. Getting to the point of conception isn’t always easy, however.  

When you’re trying to get pregnant, it sometimes seems that everyone around you is able to conceive easily while it’s taking you and your partner forever. In reality, about 11% of women and 9% of men have experienced problems with fertility.

How do you know when it’s time to seek fertility help from our team of experts at Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland?

If you’ve been trying to conceive without any luck, here are four signs that it’s time for an infertility evaluation. 

One year and no pregnancy

The general guideline is that if you’ve been trying to conceive for one year without success, it’s time to seek professional advice. However, for women over the age of 35, we recommend seeking help after six months due to the natural decline in fertility with age.

Our experienced fertility specialists conduct a thorough examination of both partners, assessing factors such as hormonal balance, ovulation patterns, and sperm quality to identify any underlying issues.

Your period is irregular

Irregular menstrual cycles are often a sign of reproductive health issues, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or hormonal imbalances. If you’ve noticed irregularities in your cycle, or if it’s consistently shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 days, make an appointment at our office.

Regular menstrual cycles are essential for successful conception. They’re a sign that you’re ovulating every month. Ovulation is the time when one of a woman’s ovaries releases an egg that’s ready for fertilization.

Addressing any cycle irregularities early on can significantly improve your chances of getting pregnant.

You’ve experienced pregnancy loss

If you’ve experienced two or more consecutive miscarriages, it’s time to consider an infertility evaluation. Recurrent pregnancy loss can indicate fertility problems, including chromosomal abnormalities, uterine issues, or hormonal imbalances.
Capital Women’s Care offers compassionate care and a comprehensive assessment to identify the root cause of recurrent pregnancy loss, guiding you toward personalized treatment options.

You have a known reproductive health issue

If you or your partner has a history of reproductive health issues, such as endometriosis, previous surgeries, or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), an infertility evaluation is a good idea. These factors can significantly impact fertility and may require specialized interventions.
We’re well-equipped to address pre-existing conditions and develop tailored treatment plans to improve your chances of conception.

If you’re looking to get pregnant but are experiencing challenges along the way, our OB/GYN clinic is here to provide support and expertise. 

If you notice any of these signs that it’s time for an infertility evaluation, set up a consultation today. Call Capital Women’s Care or use this website to request your appointment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our compassionate team for guidance on your fertility journey.