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Infertility

Infertility is common — 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant at some point during their childbearing years (1). Generally, infertility is defined as an inability to to get pregnant, despite having frequent, unprotected sex for 12 months (6 months if you’re 35 or older), and also includes couples who may be able to conceive but cannot carry a pregnancy to term (2).

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The Birds & The Bees

For a couple to have a child, the following things need to happen (2): 

  • Ovulation
  • Sperm must find and fertilize the egg
  • The fertilized egg must travel through the fallopian tube to the uterus
  • The fertilized egg must implant in the uterine lining
  • The embryo must develop throughout the pregnancy and result in a healthy live birth
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Issues with any of the steps above can cause infertility. Fortunately, infertility doesn’t necessarily mean that a couple can’t get pregnant. There are many effective therapies, ranging from lifestyle changes to assisted reproductive therapies (ART), that can improve a couple’s chances of getting pregnant (3). Here, we’ll go through some of the top questions about infertility and provide our free resources that dig even deeper into dealing with infertility.

Top 9 Infertility Questions

1. How can I tell if I’m infertile?

2. How long should I try before I go to IVF?

3. I’ve already given birth. Why can’t I get pregnant again?

4. What should I do to prepare for a visit to the fertility specialist?

5. What factors affect female fertility?

6. How can I help my eggs?

7. What factors affect male fertility?

8. What should we do if my partner has a low sperm count?

9. Does infertility treatment make you gain weight?

Everything You Need to Know About Infertility 

Knowledge fuels the empowered. Read more about infertility in our blogs below. We do the research so you don't have to.

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Why Am I Not Getting Pregnant, part I: Female-Factor Infertility

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A Personal Story on Solving Infertility

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A Review of Progesterone Treatment for Infertility: Does it Work?

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