By Neus Ferrando Gilabert BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 11/21/2014

One of the most beautiful moments of life is when you decide to become parents. Many couples or women alone decide that it’s the right time in their lives to have children.

Those women who wish to become single mothers turn to fertility clinics to go through a treatment with donor’s sperm. Heterosexual couples may have problems achieving pregnancy.

The different sections of this article have been assembled into the following table of contents.

Trouble conceiving

During the first month after having sexual relationships without protection only 20 to 30% of the couples achieve pregnancy.

The probability of achieving pregnancy increases with every menstrual cycle. This means that after 12 menstrual cycles trying, the probability of achieving pregnancy is 80–85%.

If during this time pregnancy has not taken place, the chances for it during the following months is not very high, since from 12 cycles on, the chance does not augment significantly.

In short, it is likely that the couple suffers from an infertility problem. In this case the couple must turn to a specialist in fertility so that he can diagnose why pregnancy isn’t taking place, and recommend the most appropriate treatment to follow.

What to do

For some couples the apparently frequent miracle of achieving pregnancy is not so common.

The frustration and anxiety of not achieving the desired paternity opens the gate to a great deal of emotional problems that lead to a mental blockage, desperation and stress. People surrounding them don’t support them enough or don’t know how to do it. It’s the moment to take matters into own hands.

When it comes to looking for professional, help a trustworthy assisted reproduction clinic must be chosen, for there must be good communication with the staff of the clinic. Don’t automatically discard the possibility of getting psychological support.

At the clinic you will go through some tests in order to diagnose the problem why pregnancy isn’t taking place. You’ll be given different options, depending on the result of the tests, and if needed, you’ll be recommended the assisted reproduction technique that best fits your needs.

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Authors and contributors

 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information
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