Understanding Infertility

Navigating the fertility landscape is no easy feat. It’s important to get the facts regarding common fertility hurdles and treatments.

Recognize Myths v Truths

Myth
Couples should have sex only during ovulation.
Truth
The highest pregnancy rates are seen when a couple has intercourse every 1-2 days 
during the fertile window – the time in a cycle when pregnancy can occur – with no prolonged abstinence periods in between fertile cycles.2

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Finding Your Path

As a woman gets older, it may become increasingly difficult to conceive. As you make your decision on when to start a family (or to see a fertility specialist), keep these fertility facts in mind:
  • At 30, a healthy woman has about a 20% chance per month of conceiving
  • By the time a woman reaches 40, her chances drop to about 5% per month3
One simple and noninvasive step is keeping track of ovulation and timing intercourse.

Feel free to reference our “In the Know: What No One Tells You About Fertility” brochure as a helpful resource.

Ready for Answers?

Fertility testing and consulting a fertility specialist are wonderful ways to move forward and to find out exactly where you stand. Curious about how to get started?

Male Infertility Accounts for at Least 30% of Difficulty Getting Pregnant4

Fortunately, once diagnosed, many of the causes of male infertility can be addressed through fertility treatment options.5

Are You Getting Enough Emotional Support?

Let’s be honest: Infertility is stressful.

Overnight, life can become saturated in medical terminology, and sex might feel a lot less fun. Learn from people who’ve been through this journey, and get familiar with support groups you can lean on when you could use an extra boost.

3

American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Age and Fertility, 2012, p4

4

RESOLVE, Male Factor, Accessed July 2016

5

University of Maryland Medical Center, Infertility in Men, 2012