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Can't get pregnant
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JayBug1983 posted:
I have been with my husband for 5 years, I have a 7 year old from a previous relationship. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant since the first year. It's not happening, what could be the issue?
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David K Walmer, MD, PhD responded:
Figuring out why you are not getting pregnant can be simple or more complicated. The basic questions to start with are; Are there sperm? Are there eggs? Can they find each other? & Is the uterus a good place for a baby to be? Also your age can play a big role in the equation because the likelihood that you will get pregnant in any given month is directly related to your age. The easiest factor for you to evaluate without help is the question about eggs. Evidence of ovulation (releasing an egg) is best assessed by some simple tests. You should have regular predictable cycles (~27-35 days with little more than /- 1 day of variation & an ovulation predictor kit should be able to detect the signal to release your eggs about 14 days before your next menstrual period). Your doctor should be able to help you do some basic tests like a semen analysis and a hysterosalpingogram to begin to address the other questions. Good luck!