Most women succeed in getting pregnant within a year. However, if you’re having trouble, there are a number of things you can do to help you relax and improve your chances of conceiving. We’ve summarised a few tips below.
Attitude: Having children essentially means being prepared to compromise. Children also impact on social relationships, working life and your finances. Not everyone wants to have children, but some people may feel under pressure from society or friends and family to do so. A decision should be made based on your attitude towards children, child-parent relationships and family as a whole. And also how you think you’d fare as parents. These attitudes/ideas can change over time or during the course of a relationship.
Medical assistance: It can sometimes take a while to get pregnant – even for a perfectly healthy couple. There is a risk today that couples who want to have a baby are advised too quickly to undergo invasive medical treatments to encourage pregnancy. Ultimately the decision lies with the couple. In the first instance, patience and relaxation is recommended. If you do decide medical assistance is necessary, some preliminary information is given below.
How long to wait before considering medical assistance: This is a matter of personal choice and best discussed with your doctor. Almost all men and women can suffer from temporary infertility (also reduced fertility or subfertility) as a result of life events, e.g. personal crises and/or radical changes. Fertility is a complex issue involving various interrelated physical, emotional and social factors.
Medical tests: The following list outlines some basic tests available. If these tests don’t establish why you’re failing to conceive, other diagnostic tests are available which are more complex and expensive but may prove worthwhile. Talk to your doctor and also seek a second medical opinion.
Information on fertility treatment: A free brochure on conventional medical fertility treatments: “Der unerfüllte Kinderwunsch – wie gehen wir damit um” (The options available if you’re having trouble conceiving; only available in German) can be ordered here.