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When Is It Time to See a Specialist?
Hyacinth Nicole Browne, MD posted:
If you've been trying to conceive on your own and have been unsuccessful, you may be wondering if it's time to seek a specialist. But when is it time to make that call? Generally speaking, I recommend a consultation from an infertility specialist after a year of regular, unprotected intercourse with no pregnancy.

Earlier evaluation is warranted if the female partner has irregular menstrual cycles, a history of pelvic infections or endometriosis, suspected male infertility, or recurrent pregnancy loss. Furthermore, women over age 35 should see a specialist if they have been trying to conceive for more than 6 months or earlier if clinically indicated.

One's chance of having a child decreases with age and duration of the infertility. When in doubt, seek help from a fertility specialist. Some simple tests can be offered to help you determine if there is a reason as to why you have not gotten pregnant yet.

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