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Is infertility permanent?

Infertility may be permanent in some cases, depending on the individual. Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after one year of frequent, unprotected sex for women 35 and under with regular periods. Because of this, infertility must always last at least one year for these women. Women 36 to 40 should see a doctor after 6 unsuccessful months; women over 40 should go after 3 months. Women who have irregular menstrual cycles should discuss this with their OB-GYN as well. For many people—up to 60%—infertility is only temporary, and these couples eventually do become pregnant with or without treatment. Treatments like fertility drugs and assisted reproductive technology may help couples struggling with infertility, and many times those treatments are effective. However, there's no guarantee that any treatment will work. Certain causes, like genetic conditions or inoperable scarring of the reproductive organs, may mean that infertility is permanent. Obviously, as people age, infertility eventually becomes permanent once a woman goes through menopause.

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