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Trying to Conceive - What is Infertility - Reproduction Basics

Trying to get pregnant? Think you may be dealing with infertility? This is the place to learn more about infertility, how the reproductive system works, the basics of trying to conceive (TTC), and other essential information you need to get pregnant. Also, find information on infertility myths, infertility and age, fertility and sex, surviving the two week wait, and how to chart your cycles.
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How to Have a Baby When You've Been Trying to Conceive for Awhile
Get inside tips and beyond-the-basics advice on how to have a baby when you've been trying to conceive for a long time or with infertility.

How to Get Pregnant for Beginners
A complete guide to trying to conceive, especially written for those just starting out. Learn how to improve your fertility, increase your chances for conception, and what to do if things don't happen quickly.

How To Get Pregnant Faster
If you want to get pregnant quickly, read these five research-backed tips to learn actions you can take to get pregnant faster.

What Not to Do if You Want to Get Pregnant
So you know what to do if you want to get pregnant, but do you know what you should not do? Some of these suggests may surprise you!

Ovulation Signs
Learn about seven ways to detect signs of ovulation. Signs of ovulation aren’t difficult to notice, once you know what to look for. Some signs of ovulation help warn you that ovulation is approaching, allowing you to time sex for pregnancy. Other signs of ovulation let you know that ovulation has passed.

7 Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Fertility
From the effects of age to egg freezing, from your most fertile days to knowing when to seek help, here's everything they forgot to teach you during high school health class.

How the Female Reproductive System Really Works
The female reproductive system is highly complex, and for everything to work just right, several hormones, glands, and organs must do their jobs in the right order, at the right times. Once you understand how the reproductive system works, it's easier to understand how things can go wrong. It's quite a miracle that things go right at all, given...

12 Resolutions for Anyone Trying to Get Pregnant
Are you trying to get pregnant or dealing with infertility, and looking for some direction on what step to take next? These 12 resolutions -- one for each month of the year -- can help you take action on getting help and coping better.

A Complete Guide to Baby Making Sex
Is baby making sex any different than sex just for fun? Get the answers to your basic questions, from when to have conception sex, to whether position matters, here.

Symptoms of Infertility
Usually, a couple doesn’t realize they are dealing with infertility until after unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant. However, for some couples, there are warning signs or risk factors that may hint to a fertility problem, before they try for six months to a year. This list of questions will help you and your partner discover if you should seek...

7 Things Every Man Should Know About Fertility
They didn't teach you everything you need to know about your fertility. Learn what every man needs to know before they start planning a family.

What is Infertility?
You probably already know the basic definition of infertility – an inability to get pregnant. But did you know that infertility also includes women who can get pregnant, but continually miscarry? Did you know that infertility can affect couples who have had children successfully in the past? Read this article to learn important facts on...

Fertility Facts vs Fertility Myths: What You Need to Know
There are so many infertility myths. Your friends and family may believe and repeat them to you as "helpful advice", and you may wonder if some of them are true yourself. In this multipart article, I dispel 13 common infertility myths, and explain what the fertility facts are.

How soon can you get pregnant after you start trying?
Many couples wonder how soon they will get pregnant after they start trying. Find out how long it usually takes and how to know when it's time to see a doctor in this FAQ on how soon you can expect to get pregnant.

When Can You Get Pregnant, and When Is the Best Time for Baby Making Sex?
When can you get pregnant during your cycle? Is there a best time for conception sex? Get answers here.

What Are the Chances of Getting Pregnant After 40?
You probably already know that getting pregnant after 40 is less likely than getting pregnant in your 20s or early 30s. But what are your actual chances? Find out what your statistical chances are for getting pregnant after 40 here.

Animation of the Menstrual Cycle from Serono
Watch this animated explanation of how the woman's fertility cycle works, when a woman gets pregnant. Note that the animation uses the typical 28 day cycle to explain how reproduction works, even though your cycle may be longer or shorter than 28 days (and that can be perfectly normal).

When Is the Right Time to Have Children?
When is the right time to have kids? Should you have them now? Later? Or... never? Here's some food for thought when making this life changing decision.

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