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What is Infertility?

Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of attempting to achieve pregnancy.

Partners should seek a fertility evaluation if they are under 35 years of age and have had regular intercourse without contraception for one year without success.

Partners over 35 years of age should seek an evaluation after trying to conceive without success for six months.

In about 18% of couples struggling with fertility, it is either a male or female factor that causes infertility. In 15% of infertility cases, a definite cause cannot be identified, but effective treatment is still available.

Some of the most common conditions that contribute to infertility are described on the Causes page. There are several methods to determining the source of infertility, which can be found on the Diagnostic Evaluation page.