So what is a normal time to expect to get pregnant? The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says that if a woman is under the age of 35 to start seeking help after unprotected intercourse for one year, and for women over 35, six months. So if it's taking longer than you expected, so say, more than two or three months, you are still doing okay. Sometimes it takes a little longer for some to conceive, and there isn't a problem. It's just up to luck. But once the six month/year mark comes up, it's time to start seeking some help.
However, sometimes one can suspect something is wrong without needing to try for that long. RESOLVE.org posted that if you answer yes to any of the following to visit with your doctor.
- I have painful periods.
- I have irregular periods.
- I can not pinpoint when I ovulate.
- My partner/I have a history of STDs.
- I have an unhealthy Body Mass Index (BMI). (underweight or overweight)
- I have had more than one miscarriage.
The best bet is to go directly to a specialist, a reproductive endocrinologist. They are the most skilled in this area, can help diagnose problems quicker, and get you set on the course of treatment that you need. It's worth it to go directly to a specialist. My only regret is that I wasted time "doctor hopping" instead of going immediately to the person who could have helped me best.