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Struggling to get pregnant can be a frustrating and confusing experience, as is deciding when to pursue assistance in treating whatever is causing your fertility challenges. It’s important to recognize that you are not alone in this process – as many as 1 in 7 couples have difficulty conceiving, and our providers and staff of fertility experts are here to help. As treatments for infertility have advanced, so has our ability to assess and correct a number of different causes of infertility and fertility challenges. Identifying what may be preventing you from conceiving and, when possible, treating that underlying cause, can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Fertility is generally broken down into two basic categories: primary and secondary.
Primary infertility refers to couples that have not been able to successfully conceive after trying for a year or more of unprotected intercourse.
Secondary infertility refers to couples who have successfully conceived in the past, but are unable to achieve another pregnancy.
If you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant for six months to a year or more (or if you are a single woman struggling to conceive while using donor sperm) you may be experiencing medical challenges caused by one or more of the factors listed below.
If you are a single woman or part of a non-heterosexual couple, some of your fertility challenges may be based more in logistics than infertility.