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What is infertility?

In general, infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant (conceive) after one year of unprotected sex. Women who do not have regular menstrual cycles, or are older than 35 years and have not conceived during a 6-month period of trying, should consider making an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist - an infertility specialist. These doctors may also be able to help women with recurrent pregnancy loss - 2 or more spontaneous miscarriages.

Pregnancy is the result of a process that has many steps.

To get pregnant -

  • A woman's body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation).
  • A man's sperm must join with the egg along the way (fertilize).
  • The fertilized egg must go through a fallopian tube toward the uterus (womb).
  • The fertilized egg must attach to the inside of the uterus (implantation).

Infertility may result from a problem with any or several of these steps.

Impaired fecundity is a condition related to infertility and refers to women who have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.

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Comment from: nt cncive aftr wash, Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I got married on 4th December, 2011. I got my pregnancy positive report on 20th March, 2012. And on 8th May, 2012, doctor said that it was dead. On 9th May, it had to get washed out. Since then we have been trying. I have had intrauterine insemination (IUI) twice, but never again got pregnant.

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Comment from: NENA, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I do not get my periods regularly, I haven't had them now for about 10 months, and when I do get them they are sometimes heavy and sometimes not, sometimes they last for 5 minutes then sometimes 3 weeks. I get blood clots when I have them and I have been trying to fall pregnant but can't. I have been for ultrasounds and everything and they are saying nothing is wrong with me. They said I have a cyst on my ovary but it is nothing to worry about. But I know they said I am not producing thousands of eggs like other women are, but they still won't help me.

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