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When to evaluate fertility?

27 March, 2005

Question:

I have been trying to conceive since December, (about 4 months), I am worried something could be wrong. I took a pregnancy test too early in my cycle, and it said I was pregnant, within a week, I got my period.
A Rav advised me to take an ovulation test the day of Mikvah – to my surprise Mikvah night I was not ovulating, but the day after mikvah night, it said I would ovulate within 24-48 hours. My husband and I tried almost every day during our permitted days – and nothing happened. Is something wrong?


Answer:

It is still a bit early to conclude that something is wrong.  A physician will generally initiate a medical evaluation only if a couple has not conceived after one year of trying, or, if the woman is over 35, after six months.  In the case of a young and sexually inexperienced couple, there is reason to allow a few additional months before beginning a medical evaluation.

For now, as long as sexual relations are taking place effectively, just keep trying.  Use the times mentioned above to judge when you would see a doctor.  Please feel free to write back with any further questions.


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