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What is infertility?

Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying. Or, six months, if a woman is 35 or older. Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile.

Pregnancy is the result of a process that has many steps. To get pregnant:

  • A woman must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation).

  • The egg must go through a Fallopian tube toward the uterus (womb).

  • A man's sperm must join with (fertilize) the egg along the way.

  • The fertilized egg must attach to the inside of the uterus (implantation).

Infertility can happen if there are problems with any of these steps.

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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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