Helping Your Doctor
Dr. Marcus Jurema is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University Women and Infants' Hospital. He believes that keeping a fertility journal can be very helpful for the fertility specialists involved, though not all women need to keep one.
"In general, a healthy woman up to her early 30s (less than 35 years old) has a reasonable chance to conceive spontaneously within one year of trying, as long as there is no obvious concerns about her fertility," Dr. Jurema says. "Most couples (80 percent) will conceive within six months of trying. For those who do not conceive within six months of trying, keeping a journal may be helpful to time intercourse more precisely and to further investigate any subtle abnormalities that could be present."
What Should Go in the Journal?
According to Dr. Jurema, a fertility journal should keep track of as many details as possible. However, human reproduction is not an exact science, and there are many variables (known and unknown) that differentiate a fertile from an infertile couple. He suggests that women track the following in their journal: