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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Can you test your fertility at home?

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?

When is it time to see a fertility specialist?

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?

Are there vitamins that can increase fertility?

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?

5 Most Common Causes of Infertility

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.

How to Use Ovulation Tests

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?

5 Tips for Increasing Male Fertility

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.

Do all-natural fertility drugs really work?

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.

How do high FSH levels affect getting pregnant?

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.

10 Infertility Terms You Should Know when Trying to Conceive

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?

Fertility Basics: 5 Tips if You're Having Trouble Conceiving

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?

How will we have children in the future?

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.

Can you really not get pregnant while breast-feeding?

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.

8 Surprising Fertility Facts

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.

Does an irregular menstrual cycle make you less fertile?

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.

Pros and Cons of Ovulation Prediction Kits

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.

Egg Donation Overview

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?

Surrogacy Overview

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

Sperm Banks

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

Can acupuncture and hypnosis treat infertility?

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

In Vitro Fertilization Overview

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.


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.

Male Infertility

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.

Infertility Facts to Know

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

Infertility Prevention

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.