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What causes difficulty in conceiving after one year of successful unprotected intercourse?

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Posted on Sat, 23 May 2015
Question: We got married before 3 months and first month she had taken a pill called unwanted 72 and after that we are trying baby for past two months. She gets regular periods and I dont have habits like smoking and drinking. She is not pregnant yet. Please advice as we are worried.
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Answered by Dr. Deepti Verma (44 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No need to worry

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX, I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.
When a couple fails to conceive after one year of successful unprotected intercourse, then it is termed as infertility. Since you both are trying to conceive only for 2 months, you don't need to worry so much. The chances of conception in each menstrual cycle is only 20-25%, hence sometimes it may take upto 1 year to conceive.
Moreover, taking emergency contraceptive pill (unwanted 72 ) for one time does not effect the future fertility(chances of conception). However, it does not applies if there is repeated intake of emergency contraceptive pill.
The chances of conception are maximum in the fertile period, which ranges from day8-day 22 of the menstrual cycle, and I would advise you both to have intercourse every alternate day in this period to maximise the chances of conception.
I would also advise your wife to start folic acid tablets as as taking this tablet in preconceptional and periconceptional period decreases the risk of congenital anomalies in the fetus.
Hope you found the answer helpful. Please do get back for further queries.
Wishing you both good health.
Regards,
Dr Deepti Verma
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Deepti Verma (1 hour later)
Thanks doctor for the detailed explanation. Can you pls let us know the dosage and details of follic acid tablet.
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Answered by Dr. Deepti Verma (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Folic acid 5 mg

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX, thanks for responding. Folic acid tablet should be taken in the dosage of 5 mg a day. It comes in various brands like folvite, Biopreg F, folgel either as a single component or combined with other vitamins.
It should be 3 months prior to planning conception and for up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Hope you found the answer helpful. Please do get back for further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Regards,
Dr Deepti Verma
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What causes difficulty in conceiving after one year of successful unprotected intercourse?

Brief Answer: No need to worry Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX, I have gone through your question and understand your concerns. When a couple fails to conceive after one year of successful unprotected intercourse, then it is termed as infertility. Since you both are trying to conceive only for 2 months, you don't need to worry so much. The chances of conception in each menstrual cycle is only 20-25%, hence sometimes it may take upto 1 year to conceive. Moreover, taking emergency contraceptive pill (unwanted 72 ) for one time does not effect the future fertility(chances of conception). However, it does not applies if there is repeated intake of emergency contraceptive pill. The chances of conception are maximum in the fertile period, which ranges from day8-day 22 of the menstrual cycle, and I would advise you both to have intercourse every alternate day in this period to maximise the chances of conception. I would also advise your wife to start folic acid tablets as as taking this tablet in preconceptional and periconceptional period decreases the risk of congenital anomalies in the fetus. Hope you found the answer helpful. Please do get back for further queries. Wishing you both good health. Regards, Dr Deepti Verma