Once you've decided to try again after a miscarriage, the time it takes until you are pregnant again may feel like forever -- even if you end up conceiving right away. For couples who don't conceive right away, the wait can be unbearable. Still, given that the odds of getting pregnant in any particular month are only about 30% to 40%, even when you have sex during your fertile days, it's not necessarily a sign that anything is wrong if it takes a little bit of time to conceive again.
If you've been trying for several months, however, you might be starting to wonder if you have developed some kind of fertility problem and can't get pregnant. The guidelines are that you should seek a consultation with a fertility specialist if one of these applies to you:
- you're under 35 and have not conceived within a year after having regular intercourse timed to coincide with ovulation
- you're over 35 and have not conceived within six months with regular intercourse timed to coincide with ovulation
- you have had two to three consecutive miscarriages and you haven't yet had tests for known recurrent miscarriage causes
Naturally, these are general guidelines and you should check in with a doctor sooner if you are not conceiving and have a specific concern, such as if you have irregular menstrual periods. In addition, if it also took you a long time to conceive the pregnancy that you miscarried, it may make to talk to a fertility specialist sooner rather than waiting through several more months of trying.
If you do decide to see a fertility specialist, look for an OB/GYN with experience in fertility issues or a certified reproductive endocrinologist. UCompareHealthCare has state-by-state directories for both types of specialists if you need help finding one in your area. You can also find more information about fertility concerns from About.com's Fertility Guide.
Getting Pregnant. March of Dimes. Accessed: Nov 27, 2009. http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/173_26818.asp
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