It’s an exciting time when you decide to try for a baby. Growing your family and bringing a new little person into the world is a magical journey and one that many couples look forward to. Unfortunately however, falling pregnant does not come easily to some. The rate of infertility is climbing rapidly and can be attributed to a multitude of factors from environmental toxins, chemicals and pesticides in our food and water to poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles. Hormonal conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, absent periods and thyroid conditions can all contribute to an inability to conceive for a woman. For men there are also a number of contributors that cause fertility problems such as low sperm count, poor sperm quality and hormonal imbalances.
To achieve a healthy pregnancy, preconception care with a Naturopath would typically last 3-4 months as it takes this long to positively influence the egg a woman releases for fertilisation and to produce healthy sperm in men. If there is a pre-existing health condition for either individual it may take a little longer to balance hormones and get the body in optimal health for conception, and this time frame will be different for every couple.
However, if you are not under the care of a Naturopath or other health professional, how long should you be trying to conceive for before seeking assistance if you are not falling pregnant? By definition ‘primary infertility’ refers to couples who have not become pregnant after 1 year of trying and ‘secondary infertility’ refers to couples who have been pregnant previously but are now unable (WHO 2016). If you are actively trying to conceive and have not fallen pregnant in 6-12 months it is advised that you seek the help of a health professional to investigate why.
There are many factors contributing to a healthy reproductive system for both males and females and there is a lot we can do to positively influence it. If you would like to see a Naturopath or simply find out more, please contact us.