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fertility friend...

I have signed up for a daily email from this site and so far it has sent some really great information. Today's email was really eye opening for me. I'm sure it's something that I've heard before but in the past months, I've obviously forgotten about. So here goes:

Hi Jill,

Getting pregnant may sometimes feel like the luck
of the draw. Some people are fortunate to have
success on the first try. Others don't get that
positive pregnancy test until months of trying
have come and gone. Still some people may wait
years to get pregnant and have to endure batteries
of fertility tests only to find out that nothing
is in fact wrong with either partner.

On any given month, your chances of conceiving a
baby are approximately 20 percent. That means that
if everything is fine and working great, you have
a 20 percent chance of success. Throw in an illness
like a viral infection or an unusual high stress
level from your job or poor eating habits due to
too many late nights at the office and your
likelihood of getting pregnant has fallen even lower.

But surely there won't be a reason every month why
you don't conceive. If you are under 35 years of
age, give yourself a full year to try to conceive.

Most physicians feel that healthy couples under
35 years of age will generally get pregnant within
a year of trying to conceive. In fact, an estimated
85 percent of trying couples will get pregnant within
a year. However, if you or your partner has a known
fertility problem (i.e. the woman has irregular cycles
or endometriosis or if the man has a low sperm count),
do not wait a year to seek physician assistance. Call
your doctor immediately to get checked out.

If you have no known fertility issues and have not
gotten pregnant within a year, make an appointment
with your doctor to determine what factors, if any,
you might have to hinder conception. If after a
year of trying without success, you see your doctor,
make sure that your partner goes to his physician as
well. Not all fertility problems are related to the
woman. Half of fertility issues stem from problems
with a man's semen.

If you are 35 years of age or older, see a doctor
six months after you have tried to become pregnant
without success. As people age, the likelihood of
fertility problems becomes greater. Once you are
40 or older, see a doctor immediately if you want
to conceive.

Your friend,
Helene Kvist

P.S. We'll talk again tomorrow.


Jill Marie said…
To me this e-mail seemed a bit of a downer..... Only 20% chance even if everything is ok???? I know that you probably know from my last post, I am now trying. I never had an issue before getting pregnant, but this time is just not the same. I had surgery almost a year ago and it could decrease my fertility:(

That was probably to much info for you... Sorry
hopeful #1 said…
You are right. More of a downer than an upper but I thought it was good information. It's good to know that I shouldn't just expect this to happen over night and that getting pregnant is truly hard. 20% is low but it's a confirmation that I'm not alone.

Hopefully you won't have much trouble. I'll keep posted on you to see how you doing through this time. Although we have different struggles, know that you aren't alone! =)

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