My wife and I have been trying for 7 months with no success. We’re remaining patient, knowing that success could take years (or could never happen). Nevertheless, I want to make sure I’m taking all the right steps now.
A little background: My wife is 26, and I am 25. Two years ago, my wife stopped taking birth control pills after I joined the Church and she renewed her faith. After she got off the pill, we saw a counselor for the Creighton method of NFP, but we were quite frustrated when my wife rarely experienced cervical mucus. We were not opposed to getting pregnant, so we more or less abandoned NFP. For the last 7 months, we have been actively trying to conceive with no success. I believe we are doing things correctly, having sex every other day in the week before ovulation and every day in the few days before and after ovulation. According to an ovulation kit, she is ovulating every month.
Once we began trying to conceive, she started taking Optivite PMT, and last month she began taking Evening Primerose Oil, with the hope that it would improve her CM. Since starting on Evening Primerose Oil, she has noticed a slightly increase in her CM. I have read Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon, and incorporated all of the general advice she gave (which is where we got the idea to take Optivite PMT).
The past six months going backwards, her period has been approximately 28, 30, 31, 31, 33, 24, and 24 days long. Her luteal phase for the past three months has been 13, 11, and 12 days (although I’m not sure we’re counting it correctly–we’re starting counting the day after the positive ovulation test to the first day of her spotting).
My wife’s last annual pap smear was normal. We have not seen any medical providers regarding fertility. Neither of us have any known medical problems, and we are both healthy, have normal BMI, exercise regularly and pay close attention to what we eat (except the full-fat ice cream we eat every night because we heard that’s good for fertility!)
Should we seek medical help? Is there anything else we ought to do? Thoughts? Thanks!