Staring down at negative pregnancy tests month after month can be soul crushing. Or knowing from the start that building your family will be an uphill battle, you need to make sure you sure you have enough information to make the choices right for you. If you are trying to get pregnant and it’s not happening as quickly as you had hoped, you may want to talk to your doctor. Let us walk you through some of the basic information about some of the red flags that may indicate a possible fertility issue as well as some tips on how to prepare for your first appointment with a fertility specialist.

First things first, do you need to see a specialist?

Take charge of your fertility by asking questions, educating yourself and partner and being your own advocate for your fertility. No one knows your body more than you. Start by asking yourself these questions:

Infertility Diagnosis

  • Are my periods painful?
  • Can I track when I ovulate?
  • Have I had more than one miscarriage?
  • Do have an unhealthy Body Mass Index (BMI) either underweight or overweight?
  • Has my partner or I ever had a history of STDs?

If you have answered “Yes” to any of these questions, it may be time to talk to your healthcare provider regardless of how long you have been trying to conceive.

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, if you are under the age of 35 you should consider seeing a specialist if you have been actively trying to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. 6 months for women over 35.

But how do I find a specialist?

Start by checking out our list of family building professionals here. If you have already been diagnosed with infertility, learn more about your diagnosis here.