Fertility and Infertility

Fertility deals with the ability to produce offspring. Learn about the process of fertilization as well as several methods to help overcome the problem of infertility.

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More than 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year, and if you're hoping to conceive, it may seem as if everyone you know is expecting … except you. If you're considering fertility testing, did you know that you can now test at home?

By Maria Trimarchi

You’re ambitious, an achiever; there's no to-do list you can't tackle. But, while rewarding, getting pregnant can be its own unique challenge. If you've been trying for a while without success, maybe you've considered talking with a fertility specialist. But when is it time to see an expert?

By Jennifer Sellers

We know that vitamins are essential for keeping our bodies working properly, but can taking certain vitamins actually increase the chances of getting pregnant? What vitamins increase fertility?

By Caitlin Uttley

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Life isn't fair. Some women who want to stay childless get pregnant from one instance of a missed pill, while others who want to conceive have no luck after years of trying. Why the disparity? Here, we'll examine five common causes of infertility.

By Katie Lambert

For women, finding the most fertile time of the month can be a challenge. Yet knowing how to determine this window can help couples plan their attempts to conceive. Many will turn to an ovulation test, but how do you use them?

By Marianne Spoon

It takes two to tango. And while it only takes a single sperm to impregnate a female egg, it typically takes more than 1 million healthy sperm to make sure the odds of getting pregnant are in your favor.

By Brion O'Connor

If you're having trouble getting pregnant, you may think you're alone. But conception difficulties aren't rare -- they affect an estimated 10 to 15 percent of U.S. couples. Luckily, Mother Nature may hold the key to boosting your fertility.

By Elizabeth Sprouse

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When you're trying to conceive, getting the news that your hormone levels aren't normal can leave you feeling discouraged. But don't give up hope. Here, learn what high FSH levels really mean and how this affects your ability to become pregnant.

By Maria Trimarchi

Between 10 and 15 percent of couples face infertility, and for these couples, the baby-making process -- and the language surrounding the analysis and treatment of fertility issues -- can be complicated. So how can you navigate the medical jargon?

By Michael Franco

It can take up to six months for a couple to conceive, but that's not always the case. What steps should you take to boost your chances of having a baby?

By Jessika Toothman

When children start asking where babies come from, parents get frazzled and jumpy as they struggle to explain sex, conception, pregnancy and childbirth. But now that reproductive technology has come so far, bioethicists and scientists have questions, too.

By Molly Edmonds

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Many of the most well-known old wives' tales involve pregnancy. For example, can lactating mothers get pregnant? Simply put, it depends on the circumstances.

By Josh Clark

How much do you really know about conception and staying fertile? If you're like most of us, it's far less than you think. Here are eight surprising fertility facts that every couple should know.

By American Baby

Every woman's menstrual cycle can get thrown off by a number of factors at some point in her menstrual history. Find out the answers some pointed questions about abnormal menstrual cycles and how they might affect a woman's fertility.

By American Baby

In a perfect world, using ovulation prediction kits would infallibly lead to pregnancy. The reality is more complicated, so be sure to consider the pros and cons of OPKs before trusting your fertility exclusively to this method.

By American Baby

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Every successful pregnancy begins with a healthy egg. But for women who are unable to conceive, there is one solution: egg donation. What does it take to be an egg donor?

By Maria Trimarchi

Surrogacy is one solution for infertility. But why do some detractors think surrogacy is just a "womb-for-rent."

By Maria Trimarchi

Sperm banks help people who are struggling with fertility issues to conceive. How do sperm banks operate, and how do they screen donors?

By Maria Trimarchi

The medical establishment hasn't completely accepted acupuncture and hypnosis as methods of infertility treatment. But are they worth a try?

By Melissa Jeffries

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IVF is one of the most common infertility treatments. The sperm fertilizes the egg outside the body, and doctors implant it into the woman's uterus in hopes of a successful pregnancy.

By Melissa Jeffries

Infertility is not sterility. Infertility is defined as a couple’s failure to conceive a child after one year of regular sexual intercourse without birth control. Learn much more about infertility.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Male infertility means the male is unable to impregnate the female because of male factors. Learn what the causes of male infertility are and discover if you can resolve your male infertility issues with your doctor.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

What do you need to know about infertility? Get some basic facts about infertility, and remember that you're not alone.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

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There are many factors that contribute to your ability to ovulate, conceive and carry a pregnancy to term, and many times infertility can be a male problem. Learn about what you can do to help prevent infertility.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers