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Fertility Testing, Causes of Infertility, and Coping with Infertility


Maybe you've been trying to get pregnant for awhile, or maybe you already know something is amiss and have begun fertility testing. How do you know when to ask for help? What can you expect during fertility testing? And how can you cope? Wherever you are on your journey, you'll find answers to your questions here.
  1. Why Can't I Get Pregnant?
  2. All About Fertility Tests
  3. Causes of Infertility
  4. Fertility Quizzes
  5. Male Infertility
  1. Fertility and Age
  2. Infertility Risk Factors
  3. Coping with Infertility
  4. Finding Support

Why Can't I Get Pregnant?

You've been trying for a long time to get pregnant, and it's just not happening. What could be wrong? How long should you try before you seek help? Could it be infertility? Get the answers to these questions here.

All About Fertility Tests

Starting the testing phase of your journey can bring a mixture of hope and anxiety. You may be worried about the tests themselves, but hopeful about discovering some answers. Learn more about fertility tests, including what to expect and how to understand the results.

Causes of Infertility

Understanding what's going wrong is the first step towards finding an appropriate treatment. Sometimes one cause is discovered; sometimes several problems are present, and, unfortunately, sometimes a cause cannot be found (usually referred to as "unexplained infertility"). Read up on the many possible causes of infertility.

Fertility Quizzes

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Fertility quizzes cannot diagnose a health disease, but they can make us more aware of potential signs and symptoms to mention to our doctor. Take these fertility health quizzes and learn more about your health.

Male Infertility

Infertility affects men and women equally.

We often think of the woman when thinking of infertility. However, infertility affects men just as much as women. One-third of infertile couples trace the root of the problem to just the man, and another third trace the problem to both the woman and the man. You'll find specific information on male infertility here.

Fertility and Age

Age matters when it comes to fertility. Age can be a cause of infertility, and fertility treatments become less successful as a couple ages. When does age become a problem? Find out more regarding the connection between age and fertility.

Infertility Risk Factors

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Our bodies are complex. When something goes wrong with one system of the body, it can affect other systems, including reproduction and fertility. Get information regarding the role your general health, weight, and various diseases play when it comes to getting pregnant.

Coping with Infertility

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Coping with infertility is hard. Really hard. Research has shown that the psychological stress experienced by women with infertility is similar to that of women coping with illnesses like cancer, HIV, and chronic pain. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, you're not alone. Here are ways to cope when you’re trying to conceive.

Finding Support

You're not alone with infertility. There is help - don't be afraid to reach out.

Living with infertility is hard, but it's even harder to do alone. Thankfully, you don't need to do this alone. From support groups to online forums to mental health counselors, there are people out there who want to help. Here’s how to find support.

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