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Fertility Facts

Thinking about getting pregnant? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of fertility facts.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after how many months of trying?

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The correct answer is: A couple must be trying to get pregnant (that is, having regular, unprotected sex) for at least one year before it's considered infertility.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What percentage of couples have problems with fertility?

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The correct answer is: Infertility affects 15% of the population, or about one of every six or seven couples.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What percentage of women will get pregnant in the first four months of trying?

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The correct answer is: Approximately 50% of otherwise healthy reproductive age women will get pregnant in the first three or four months of trying to make a baby. About 70% of women will be pregnant by six months.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

At what age is a woman at her most fertile?

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The correct answer is: Fertility peaks in a woman's mid-twenties, when her menstrual cycles are most regular and ovulatory. Fertility is slightly decreased before age 20 and after age 30. Women over age 37 are much less fertile.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

A 36-year-old woman should see a fertility specialist after how many months of trying without getting pregnant?

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The correct answer is: Current recommendations are that a woman 35 years old or younger can try for a year before seeing a fertility specialist, but if she is aged 35 to 40, she should only try on her own for six months. Women over 40 should see a doctor after only three months.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following are signs that a woman is ovulating?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Some women feel a brief period of sharp pain on one side of the lower abdomen (the side where the egg was released) when they ovulate. Slight spotting may also occur near the time of ovulation, and cervical mucus becomes stringy.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which reduces fertility: being overweight or being underweight?

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The correct answer is: The answer is both. Extremes of weight -- both under and over -- reduce fertility. This is true in both men and women.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Taking birth control for many years can make it harder for a woman to get pregnant.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Birth control pills do not lead to infertility. However, ovulation problems may not be apparent until a woman stops taking the Pill.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What lifestyle changes should a woman make when trying to get pregnant?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Cutting back caffeine intake, taking prenatal vitamins and reducing stress all can boost women's fertility. Exercising and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can be helpful to men and women.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

When should a woman start taking prenatal vitamins?

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The correct answer is: Women should start prenatal vitamins with folic acid at least 3 months before trying to conceive.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Soaking in a hot tub can make a man less fertile.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The high temperature in a hot tub slows or halts sperm formation, and may harm sperm that have already been made, lowering the chances the man can conceive a child. 

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

When is the best time to have sex if you are trying to get pregnant?

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The correct answer is: The unfertilized egg only lives for about 24 hours, while sperm can live in the female reproductive tract for days. So if you are trying to conceive, making love before and around the time of ovulation is more effective than after.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How much does in vitro fertilization (IVF) cost, on average?

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The correct answer is: In the U.S., IVF costs $15,000 per cycle, on average, and additional cycles may be needed 60% of the time or more.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Carrying a cell phone can hurt a man's sperm.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Studies have shown that the radio-frequency electromagnetic waves emitted by cell phones may increase oxidative stress and decrease sperm motility, contributing to decreased fertility. Men trying to conceive should avoid carrying cell phones in their pockets.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which antioxidants may boost a man's fertility?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A review of studies found that men taking antioxidants were four times more likely than men not taking supplements to get their partner pregnant and see a successful live birth. No one antioxidant seemed to be better than another.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you have one miscarriage, it is likely you'll have more.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Roughly 25% of all recognized pregnancies result in miscarriage, but less than 5% of women will experience two consecutive miscarriages, and only 1% experience three or more.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

"Ovarian reserve" is the medical term for the number of eggs a woman has left. How is this measured?

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The correct answer is: Blood levels of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Estrogen, Inhibin B and Antimullerian Hormone (AMH) have been used to estimate the remaining egg pool (ovarian reserve). 

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How long can frozen embryos be stored until they can no longer be used for pregnancy?

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The correct answer is: There does not appear to be a maximum length of time that frozen embryos can be stored. Live births have been reported using embryos that have been frozen for almost 20 years.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following are side effects of fertility treatments in women?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Side effects like mood swings, bloating and headaches can make women feel anything but in the mood, often leading to reduced sexual satisfaction and tension in the relationship.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women who have their first period at an early age have a faster decline in fertility.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The time that menstruation begins does not affect ovulation or pregnancy. An earlier or later start does not correlate to infertility, and doesn't predict when a woman will reach menopause.

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