Getting Pregnant Dilemma: Try Fertility Treatments or Not?
Is getting pregnant taking you longer than you thought it would? This news might make you feel a little better. A new study in Fertility and Sterility found that many couples were able to conceive without undergoing fertility treatments.
In the long term study, researchers looked at 7,000 Australian women starting in 1996. The women filled out health surveys about pregnancy and childbirth regularly. They focused on 1,400 women between the ages of 28 and 36 who reported that they were having trouble conceiving for at least a year. 600 of the women had received fertility treatments or hormones in an effort to get pregnant. When researchers went back to the women in 2009, they found that 53 percent of the women who’d had treatments had a baby, and 44 percent of the women who hadn’t had a treatments had a baby. Since there wasn’t a huge difference in the stats, experts believe that women up to age 36 can still conceive without IVF or other treatments -- it just may take more time for some. IVF and other fertility medications are may just help speed up the process. There were some limitations to the study, however, that researchers didn’t track, like if the women had changed partners or made any lifestyle changes like lose weight or have a healthier diet; those can also affect your likelihood to conceive.
That information might be encouraging for women who are worried about how long it’s taking them to conceive -- but it does make you wonder, how long will it really take? And just how much time should give yourself before you do turn to fertility treatment? Maybe it’s a matter of the right opportunity, like this fertility treatment center we read about in Rockville, Maryland, Shady Grove Fertility. According to ABC Action News in Philadelphia, the center has a 100 percent money back guarantee if you don’t get pregnant. Sounds pretty enticing to women interested in speeding up the process!
Plus, more from The Bump:
10 Common Fertility Mistakes
The Pricetag of Fertility Treatments
Having Trouble TTC? What You Need to Know
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