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Fertility Explained

When a couple decides it’s the right time to try to bring a miracle into their lives, it can be overwhelming experience.  Sometimes people achieve a pregnancy without any difficulty.  Sometimes the goal to have a child isn’t so easy, and a couple may need assistance.  A couple aged 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month.

If you and your partner have been unable to have a baby, you’re not alone. At least one out of seven couples has trouble conceiving. During this time, it is normal to experience feelings of frustration, jealousy, anger and stress. However, once you begin to explore your medical options, you’ll find that fertility treatments offer more hope for a successful pregnancy than ever before. The vast majority of patients who seek care from a fertility specialist reach their goal of becoming pregnant.

Infertility is typically defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse. If you have been trying to conceive for a year or more, you should consider an infertility evaluation. However, if you are 35 years or older, you should begin the infertility evaluation after about six months of unprotected intercourse rather than a year, so as not to delay potentially needed treatment. If you have a reason to suspect an underlying problem, you should seek care earlier. For instance, if you have very irregular menstrual cycles (suggesting that you are not ovulating or releasing an egg), or if you or your partner has a known fertility problem, you probably should not wait an entire year before seeking treatment.