10 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Pregnant

A lot of things need to go right in order to become pregnant. If you and your partner have been trying, but not getting pregnant, you should consider these 10 reasons why.

Excess or scarcity are often the cause of not accomplishing goals. Conception is no different. Good news, though, you can do something about each of them.

Possible Reasons You’re Not Getting Pregnant

1) You or your partner are overweight.

If you or your partner have a body-mass index that falls in the obese category, you can experience difficulties conceiving. This is because obesity can cause hormones to change, testosterone to decrease, insulin resistance and ovulation to become abnormal.

2) Too Stressed Out!

It is natural that fertility issues cause stress. However, this very stress could be a source of you not getting pregnant.

Are you also experiencing stress at work?

Do you have any relationships that are sources of stress?

Do you find yourself overly anxious or overwhelmed often?

Since hormones are so important in fertility, spikes in cortisol and epinephrine may impact fertility.

And telling someone to relax isn’t helpful. Practices such as yoga and mindfulness can help regulate these stress-related hormones.

3) Too Little Sex!

While it is helpful to know when you’re most likely to conceive, you might not want to only have sex during these times. Having sex can lower stress (see cause #2) and stimulate your immune system.

And practice makes perfect, right? Plus having sex regularly, makes it more natural, decreasing the pressure you put on yourselves when you are ovulating.

4) Your Diet Consists of Too Much Saturated Meat.

Another reason why you’re not getting could be that you and your partner are eating too much saturated fat. For him, it could mean a lower sperm count. For you, it could be causing your eggs to underdevelop.

Try eating more poultry, vegetables, fruits, and unprocessed foods instead.

5) You’re Working Out Too Hard.

Moderate exercise has a host of known benefits, such as: reducing stress, regulating weight, lowering blood pressure.  All of which can be factors in becoming pregnant.

However, too much exercise or working out too hard can be a cause of not getting pregnant. By pushing your body to exhaustion every day, you could simply be asking too much of your body.  In order to conceive, you need certain levels of specific hormones and sufficient insulin intake.

Female athletes often experience issues with infertility. Low percentages of body fat can trigger hypothalamic amenorrhea, which means your body isn’t producing the estrogen needed to ovulate and conceive.

6) You’re Not Active Enough.

If your partner’s weekend and weeknight activities are centered around the sofa and television, it might be contributing to you not getting pregnant.

In keeping with the theme of extremes, just as too much exercise isn’t helpful, neither is too little.

And, it doesn’t take too much. 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week can make an impact.

7) Smoking.

Aside from all of the other health issues with smoking, such as lung cancer and heart disease, your nicotine habit can also cause infertility.

Just as smoking ages your other organs, it can age your ovaries too. This can lead to a decrease in egg production.

And if your partner is a smoker, his sperm count might be taking a hit.

Plus, once you become pregnant, the negative impact of cigarette smoking only increases. Quitting now improves your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby.

8) Go for Orgasm!

There is research coming out that suggests that the female orgasm can help transport the male sperm to an egg. Add this to the release of helpful hormones (oxytocin and estrogen) when you orgasm, and your fertility odds may improve.

If you don’t usually experience orgasm during penetration, you might want to experiment with trying different positions and increasing your foreplay time.

9) Moderation is Key in Alcohol Consumption.

If you are not pregnant, there is no harm in moderate alcohol consumption. For your partner, excessive alcohol has been linked to lower sperm count and erectile dysfunction.

Excessive alcohol can be described as:

  • 4 or more drinks within 2 – 3 hours for women,
  • 5 or more drinks within 2 – 3 hours for men,
  • drinking while pregnant,
  • consuming 8+ drinks per week for women,
  • consuming 15+ drinks per week for men, and
  • any consumption by people under the age of 21.

If you or your partner drink alcohol excessively during the week, it is best to consult your doctor for assistance.

10) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

PCOS is when you have several cysts on your ovaries. Theses cysts cause hormone imbalances. This is more common than you think, and most women don’t even know they have it.

Here are some possible symptoms:

  • Your period is irregular.
  • You’ve got hair growth on our torso and thighs.
  • Your face resembles that of a teenager with acne.
  • You’ve gained weight without increased eating or decreased exercise.
  • You’ve noticed a darkening of the skin around your neck or underarm areas.
  • Your head of hair is thinning.
  • There is a history of PCOS from either your mother’s or father’s side.

But remember, just because you have a symptom, doesn’t mean it is PSOC. As with any medical inquiry, it is best to consult your doctor. And it doesn’t mean you can’t have children. There are treatments available.

Final Thoughts

As with most health-related issues, balance and moderation are so important. Fertility is no different.

It is imperative that both you and your partner are aware of and discuss lifestyle choices, nutrition, family histories, and habits.

Prolonged infertility issues have led to depression, anger, marital problems, and low-self esteem. If you or your partner are experiencing any of these, please tell your doctor.

And, remember that bringing a baby into this world is a magical and exciting time. Don’t forget to include conception in this as well.

Once you have purchased a basal thermometer and found a reliable pregnancy test, don’t forget the fun and romance.

If temping isn’t your thing, try using Ava bracelet. This clinically tested fertility tracking bracelet gives you five fertile days, increasing your chances to get pregnant each month.

Romantic getaways and spontaneous afternoon romps can help increase the fun and decrease the stress that can accompany fertility issues!


Karen Haines is a health writer based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She has written for magazines, websites, trade journals, and consumer health publications. Follow Karen on twitter @karehaines

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