When it comes to infertility, myths and misconceptions abound. From how long you should wait before seeking treatment, to what age your fertility starts to decline, to whether infertility is more often the woman's or the man's "fault." Start here to sort out the truth.
What Are the Symptoms of Infertility?
Simply put, there’s really only one symptom of infertility: the inability of a couple to conceive a child after a year of trying. Infertility may affect the woman, the man or both. Infertility may be considered primary, meaning this is a couple’s first attempt to have a baby; or secondary, in which they aren’t able to conceive after having had one or more children.
Timing It Right
A common reason couples have trouble conceiving is simply bad timing. While it seems logical to have sex on the day of ovulation – when an egg is released from an ovary – it’s better to time lovemaking for beforehand. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to find out what’s preventing pregnancy and begin treatment.
Lifestyle Changes That Can Help
Even if you and your partner need medical help to conceive, there are many things you both can do to bring you one step closer to starting or expanding your family -- from watching your weight to trying safe alternative therapies.
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What should a woman expect during an appointment at a fertility center?
In your first visit with a fertility specialist, you can expect to have a full history, physical exam and check . . .
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