When should a couple seek an infertility evaluation?
Infertility is generally defined as not conceiving after one year of unprotected intercourse. At this point, couples may benefit from an infertility evaluation.
Some couples should seek help earlier. Couples in whom the woman is over age 35 are advised to have an evaluation after six months of trying to conceive. Women with irregular periods and or pelvic pain, men with a history of urologic problems, and couples who are stressed from their inability to conceive are also among those who should seek evaluation earlier.