Difficulties getting pregnant

    • Brief

    • Some women get pregnant very quickly, while others have to try for a long time. It can take one year to get pregnant. This is normal. If it takes longer, you or your partner may be less fertile.

    • Unhealthy lifestyle and age

    • Many factors can have a negative effect on the fertility of you and your partner. For example:

      • Smoking.
      • Drinking too much alcohol.
      • Being very overweight or underweight.
      • Certain medicines, for instance, HIV medication.
      • Chronic diseases such as diabetes.
      • Using drugs.
      • Doing hard physical work.
      • Untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

      Live a healthy lifestyle: try to eat healthy food and stay physically active.

      Fertility changes during your life. Above the age of 35, a woman’s fertility declines rapidly. Between the ages of 45 and 55, a woman stops having menstrual periods and can no longer have children. This is called menopause.

    • What to do in case of infertility

    • Go to a doctor to find out why you are not getting pregnant (infertility). If necessary, the doctor can advise on the proper fertility treatment. There are different options:

      • Therapy using medicines.
      • Technologies to aid fertilisation.
      • An operation.

      You can also adopt a child. Beware of untrustworthy organisations. Consult official adoption agencies only.