Trouble Getting Pregnant? 7 Reasons Why (And One That May Surprise You)


Many couples have trouble getting pregnant. Infertility is no longer a big secret like it was once upon a time. Couples are now able to speak out about their fertility problems, and there is more help available for them than ever before. Experts say that as many as one in five couples will have trouble getting pregnant when they try to conceive. If you are having trouble getting pregnant, there are several different reasons why that might be happening.

1 PCOS – PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is responsible for a great deal of female fertility problems. Some experts think that PCOS affects as much as 10% of all women of childbearing age. PCOS occurs when the body has a problem processing insulin. PCOS is often marked by women having no periods, or very irregular periods. Sometimes these women do not ovulate, or their eggs may not mature at all. There are however, several treatments available for PCOS, including the diabetes drug Metformin, Clomid, or Gonadotropin shots.


 2 Luteal Phase Defect – A luteal phase defect occurs when a woman has a very short luteal phase. The luteal phase is the time following ovulation up until the point in time when it is time for her period to start again. Most women have a luteal phase of around 14 days, but some women have shorter phases, or around 8-10 days. If the luteal phase is that short, it may not give the fertilized egg enough time to embed in the uterine lining. Sometimes doctors can prescribe vitamin B6 to lengthen the luteal phase. Sometimes doctors also give progesterone treatments to lengthen the luteal phase, or Clomid can also be prescribed sometimes.

Vitamin B-6

 3 Low Sperm Count – Low sperm count is also a common issue when it comes to trouble getting pregnant. While most of the focus is usually on the female fertility issues, male fertility issues actually account for about one third of all fertility issues. Sometimes, low sperm count can be attributed to medical history, and for those problems, there isn’t much that a doctor can do. However, if low sperm count is blamed on things other than heredity, there are many treatment options available. Sometimes, improving a low sperm count is as simple as making changes to one’s diet, stopping smoking or alcohol use, or changing sexual habits.

'I look at people sometimes and think....Really? That's the sperm that won?'

4 Poor Timing of Intercourse – One of the simplest reasons that couples have trouble getting pregnant is that they are simply having sex at the wrong time. There are only a few short days each month when it is possible for a woman to get pregnant, and if a couple is having sex at a time other than those five or six days, there is no possible way for a woman to get pregnant. Finding out when ovulation occurs is one of the most important steps in getting pregnant. You can do this by charting your basal body temperature, noting the changes in your cervical mucus, or using an over the counter ovulation prediction kit to figure out when it is time for you to ovulate. Having sex during ovulation is the single best way to boost your chances of getting pregnant.

Easy-Read Ovulation Predictor Test

5 Ovulation Problems – Another common reason that some couples have trouble getting pregnant is due to one of many different ovulation problems. There are many reasons why women may not ovulate properly, and it is up to a doctor to determine what exactly those reasons are in each particular case. For most women, Clomid is a good choice for treating ovulation problems. It is a very common prescription medication, and around 80% of women who start taking Clomid will begin to ovulate within three to six months. There are other ovulation treatments available as well, but Clomid is by far the most common and successful one.

Warning: Another round of Clomid begins today! Be prepared for full effect Bitch mode!

 6 Age Issues – Another common problem that causes trouble for couples who are trying to get pregnant is age. Women are born with a set number of eggs in their bodies, and as they get older, the number of eggs remaining gets lower and lower. By the time a woman reaches age 35, her body will go through a drastic fertility drop, making it much harder to get pregnant. By the time a woman reaches age 40, it is almost impossible for a woman to get pregnant on her own.  The older a woman gets, the more likely it is for her to need fertility treatments such as IVF or using donor eggs due to the fact that her body has simply run out of their own eggs.

7 Lifestyle Issues – There are also some simple lifestyle issues that can make a big difference when it comes to conceiving or not conceiving. For example, smoking cigarettes can make it very hard for a woman to get pregnant. Drug use or alcohol use can also make conception more difficult. Weight is also a very big issue when it comes to fertility. Being overweight or being underweight can also inhibit your ability to get pregnant very much. Maintaining a healthy weight is very important, so make sure that you get enough exercise and try to eat a healthy diet. Doing these things will help to keep your weight under control, and therefore make it easier for you to get pregnant. Also, try to avoid stress and get enough sleep. Women who are under a lot of stress have a harder time getting pregnant than other women.

Healthy Diet

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.

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