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How Long Should You Try Before Seeking Help From Fertility Specialist?

Deciding when to seek a medical evaluation for fertility involves striking a balance between not waiting long enough and waiting too long. Generally, you should undergo a fertility evaluation if you haven't become pregnant after one year of having regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control, says Pennsylvania-based obstetrician/gynecologist and fertility specialist, Dr. Joseph Krotec. If you're older than 35, seek evaluation after six months of trying as your odds of conception drop to 15 percent, as compared to a 20- to 25-percent rate for fertile women in their 20s. Pursue help sooner if you have known medical problems such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome or irregular menstrual periods, or if you or your partner have known fertility issues.

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