Here’s an example of what I keep getting asked:
“We’ve been trying to have a baby for 2.5 years, and we have still not conceived. Do you think there could be a problem with me getting pregnant? I’m really worried about this as there has been a lot of problems in my family with conceiving babies and staying pregnant. How do I get pregnant?”
How can I answer that question? She — and all men and women who are trying to have a baby — need to talk to a doctor in person! New research shows that nearly half of fertility patients waited too long before getting help with getting pregnant. If you’re trying to have a baby, go see a doctor or fertility specialist. Don’t wait until years have passed – because it can take years to get pregnant, even with help from a fertility treatment center.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, learn as much as you can about having a baby by reading books like Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (it’s been the most popular guide to getting pregnant on Amazon for years). And, make sure you know why you need to get help sooner rather than later!
Here’s a summary of research that explains why getting pregnancy help early is so important…
Trying to Have a Baby – When Should I Get Fertility Help?
If you’re trying to get pregnant, you should get fertility help as soon as possible. Now. The sooner a fertility specialist finds and addresses any problems, the better your chances are of having a baby.
If you’re not sure you should talk to a fertility doctor, read Should I Get Fertility Help? 5 Signs It’s Time.
This press release from Attain Fertility Centers explains why it’s so important to get fertility help as sooner rather than later…
Nearly 30% of Fertility Patients Waited Too Long Before Seeking Help
Findings from a Fertility Patient Survey conducted by Attain Fertility Centers show that nearly 30% of fertility patients waited 2 or more years before seeing a fertility specialist, which for many is too long. The clinical definition of infertility is a person under the age of 35 who has been trying, unsuccessfully, to get pregnant for more than 12 months; or a person 35 or older who has been trying, unsuccessfully, to get pregnant for more than 6 months.
The survey, conducted in summer of 2010, chronicles fertility patients’ decision-making process, including when they realize they may have a fertility problem, what criteria they use to select and evaluate fertility clinics, how they search for information and how they pay for treatment. Nearly 7,200 fertility patients participated in the survey, making it the most comprehensive study of its kind.
“What the study shows us is the tremendous need for fertility education,” says Maureen Gill Higgins, RN, MSN, WHNP and Director of Clinical Operations at Attain Fertility Centers. “A significant percentage of patients are waiting too long to see a fertility specialist. We don’t want anyone to wait two years or more when they’re trying to have a baby. The sooner a fertility specialist finds and addresses any problems, the faster a patient can move along the path to becoming a parent. It’s all about early intervention.”
Nearly two-thirds of the fertility patients self-diagnosed their fertility issues while only about one-third were diagnosed by a healthcare professional. And of those surveyed who did not go through fertility treatments, two-thirds cited their decision not to seek treatment was based on an assumption that the cost of fertility treatment would be prohibitive.
The findings of the Fertility Patient Survey clearly indicate the strong need for clear and accessible fertility information, including when to seek help and the financial impact of treatment options. If you’re worried about the cost of infertility treatments, read Financing Fertility – How to Pay for Infertility Costs.