When should women see a fertility specialist?

The advancements in fertility treatments enable many couples to grow their family. Early evaluation can be the key to fulfilling the dream of parenthood. When should you seek help? It may be time to schedule a fertility evaluation if you:

…are under 35 years of age and unable to get pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected intercourse.
…are over 35 years of age and unable to get pregnant after 6 months of regular, unprotected intercourse.
…have a history of three or more miscarriages.
…need microsurgery or treatment for endometriosis or have a blockage or scarring of her fallopian tubes.
…ovulate irregularly (or not at all) and haven’t responded to previous drug treatment.
…have a known risk factor such as history of genital infections or pelvic inflammatory disease, a DES mother (a mother who took diethylstilbestrol, a synthetic form of estrogen, during pregnancy), irregular periods, undescended testicles, etc.
…have a semen analysis showing a low sperm count, poor motility (movement), or poor morphology (structure). We have semen analysis testing kits available.
…are considering assisted reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT).
…are a same sex couple.
…are scheduled to undergo radiation treatment.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine fact sheet for when to seek fertility care and how age affects fertility treatment success is another helpful resource.