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Infertility means that you haven't been able to get pregnant after trying for at least 1 year. It doesn't mean you'll never get pregnant.
A woman's chances of getting pregnant are higher when she's younger. A woman is most able to get pregnant (fertile) in her late 20s. Then, in her mid-30s, she becomes less fertile. This is because her eggs get older.
Trouble getting pregnant can be caused by a problem with the reproductive organs of a woman, a man, or both. Talk with your doctor about testing and treatment. If you have tests, you will likely start with a hormone test. This is a test for both of you. And then the man will probably have a semen test.
There is a wide range of treatment options. They include medicines, surgery, insemination, and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: February 11, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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