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10 Infertility Terms You Should Know when Trying to Conceive

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For couples interested in conceiving a child, the process seems straightforward enough -- and the vocabulary of conception, not very complicated.

However, according to the Mayo Clinic, 10 to 15 percent of couples suffer from infertility, which is defined as "not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year." For these couples, the baby-making process is much more complicated, as is the language surrounding the analysis and treatment of fertility issues. The result is that a normally joyous (and enjoyable) period in a relationship can instead become a confusing, stressful and potentially frightening time.

To help keep the baby-making process as stress-free as possible for anyone having trouble conceiving, here we break down 10 infertility terms into simple, everyday language.