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Why Am I Not Getting Pregnant?

It can be scary, stressful and deeply upsetting, but you may well find yourself asking yourself this question while you’re trying to get pregnant. The first thing to remember is that you aren’t alone. According to the NHS, around 15% of couples will experience difficulty conceiving, which equates to three and a half million people – there are lot of people out there having the same worries and fears as you. If you need to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through, the search for someone won’t be as difficult as you fear.

With some emotional support in your corner, it’s time to try and find an answer to the question. If you’ve not managed to get pregnant despite a year of trying then it’s true the odds are against you, but there’s no need to lose hope. There might be an easier answer than you think.

Medical Issues

Your first stop should of course be your doctor. There are plenty of medical issues that could interfere with your fertility, some of them relatively easy to resolve, others that are much more serious, so the responsible thing to do is check in with your doctor. Even if they’re unable to identify a cause (as happens all too often), it will at least allow you to eliminate some of the more worrying options.

One of the biggest barriers to fertility that affects women in the UK is PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This is a hormonal condition where too much androgen is produced. As androgen is a male sex hormone this interferes with the menstrual cycle and can prevent ovulation.


If you’re having trouble conceiving and aren’t tracking your ovulation, then this is the place to start. You can only get pregnant around the time you ovulate – from four to five days beforehand, and upto a day after – so unless you know when this is, you’re going to have a difficult time.

For women with a regular menstrual cycle, this is a relatively straightforward task. If you have any medical issues that interfere with your cycle – like PCOS, for one – or simply have a naturally long or variable cycle, finding that important fertility window can be more of a challenge, and it’s this that can make conceiving difficult.

Using an ovulation tracker and predictor like OvuSense can help you take back a measure of control, helping you find out just what’s happening with your cycle and ensuring you can try to conceive at the time when you’re most likely to succeed!

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