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We’re trying for a baby, but I can’t get pregnant

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem.

My partner and I agreed we wanted to have a baby together but although we’ve been trying for six months, nothing has happened.

I’m 22 and I’m getting really worried that there is something wrong with me and I may not be able to have children.

All my friends who’ve tried have fallen pregnant right away.

I’ve been reading up on treatments but I don’t know what we should do for the best — it’s all so confusing.

I was thinking of going to the doctor for a test but my boyfriend says it’s too soon and that I’m worrying too much.

Do you think he doesn’t really want a baby yet? LR


It's possible that your partner is only trying to stop you worrying, so if you really want to know how he feels you have to talk to him. As for you, it is perhaps a little early to be worrying.

According to NHS Direct, about 84 out of every 100 couples will get pregnant within a year if they have regular sex and don't use contraception. About 92 out of 100 couples trying to get pregnant will do so within two years.

It wouldn't hurt to mention to your GP that you are becoming anxious.

There is often a long wait for referrals so he might want to put you on a list now, while hoping it will become resolved while you wait.

You can buy an ovulation testing kit online or from a chemist, which will show you the two best days each month to try to conceive.

This will help you with timing your intercourse, which might increase your chances of conceiving.

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