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Fertility and Conception

For some couples, getting pregnant is quick and easy. For others, conception is not as easy. Sometimes, difficulties are linked to specific physical issues such as blocked fallopian tubes in the woman or low to no sperm count in the man  problems that can be addressed by a fertility specialist and treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or insemination. For many others, however, reasons for infertility are harder to determine. 

Standard fertility treatments can usually help, and often, less costly techniques are effective  some of which couples can try on their own. Key to success is knowing when to try  and when to seek medical treatment. A fertility workup is designed to rule out specific causes that require medical care, and test results can also help you decide if low-tech treatments are worth a try.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says if you don’t get pregnant after 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse  or six months if you are a woman over 35  it’s time to seek help from a fertility specialist.

Talk to your doctor about your concerns and/or to receive a referral to a fertility specialist.



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