Happy news today in the celebrity world: After years of dealing with fertility issues, Giuliana and Bill Rancic will soon be parents with the help to a surrogate! It’s also National Infertility Awareness Week, a good time to brush up on fertility facts—especially if you’ve got baby making on the brain. See the larger version of this infographic.
Q “I’m trying to get pregnant. How long should I wait before seeing a specialist?”
A One year if you’re under 35, six months if you’re 35 or older or not having regular menstrual cycles. “Ninety percent of fertile couples will be pregnant within 12 months if they stop using birth control and have sex whenever they want,” says William Schoolcraft, M.D., author of If at First You Don’t Conceive. “If it doesn’t happen within a year, that’s a clue something is up.” Time is the biggest enemy: “After 35, there’s a tick downward in egg quality every six to 12 months,” Dr. Schoolcraft says. So don’t wait too long.
Ninety-one percent of couples seeing a fertility specialist say they wish they had gone to one sooner, according to a recent survey. Merck conducted the survey mentioned. The company recently teamed up with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and today launched fertilityguide.com, as part of their It’s Just a Conversation campaign to get couples talking about infertility. Visit the site to take a fertility knowledge quiz, find a fertility specialist in your area and download a checklist of questions to ask your doctor.