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Fertility Facts vs Fertility Myths: What You Need to Know


Updated September 15, 2013

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Myth: If a Couple Can't Get Pregnant, It's Probably the Woman's Problem.
Infertility affects men and women equally.

Infertility affects men and women equally.

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Infertility Myth: If a couple can't get pregnant, it's probably the woman's problem.

Fertility Facts: Infertility affects men and women, almost equally.

Of couples facing infertility, one-third will discover female infertility, one-third will discover male infertility, and the remaining third will discover either problems with both male and female infertility, or receive a diagnosis of unexplained infertility.

This is why it's important both partners are tested. The fertility test for male infertility, semen analysis, is relatively simple compared to the testing a woman goes through.

If for some reason your doctor does not order a semen analysis, request one. Too many couples take fertility drugs for months only to discover male infertility prevented success.

More about male fertility:

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