How long should I wait before seeing a fertility specialist for pregnancy?

Penn Medicine
If you've experienced the following events, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist:
  • If you are under age 35 and have been unable to conceive after a year of trying to get pregnant.
  • If you are over age 35 and have been unable to conceive after six months of trying to get pregnant.
  • When you've lost two or more pregnancies to miscarriage.
  • When other infertility treatments have not been successful.
If you do not have regular menstrual cycles, or if you have had prior gynecological problems including endometriosis, pelvic surgery, tubal pregnancy or infections, you should seek assistance sooner.
Evelyn Minaya, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

When you should see a fertility specialist depends on several factors. Find out what they are by watching this video featuring obstetrician and gynecologist Evelyn Minaya, M.D.

Margaret L. McKenzie, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

If you have trouble becoming pregnant you may want to see a fertility specialist. Watch this video to learn how long you should keep trying before you seek help in becoming pregnant.

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