Fertility Problems - When To Call a Doctor
Consult with your doctor if you:
- Want children but have been unable to become
pregnant after 1 year of having sex without using birth control.
- Are a woman older than 35 who has been unable to become pregnant
after about 6 months of sex without using birth control.
- Have had
three or more
miscarriages in a row.
Before seeking medical help with conception,
you can increase your chances of becoming pregnant by practicing
fertility awareness. This means charting your
basal body temperature and using home tests to let you know when you are
likely to ovulate and be fertile. For more information, see Home Treatment.
Who to see
initial fertility questions and testing, you can see:
For complete fertility testing, see an
obstetrician/gynecologist with special training
and experience in fertility problems. This doctor may be called a
reproductive endocrinologist or fertility specialist.
When looking for a specialist, ask what percentage of a doctor's practice is
fertility treatment. Also ask if he or she has training in reproductive
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.