A range of factors can cause infertility - An infertility workup can take
several months. It may involve an examination of semen and tests to determine
if ovulation is occurring.
Consider the benefits, and drawbacks, to pregnancy after 35 - Women age
35 and older have more difficulty becoming pregnant and higher risks of
miscarriage and birth defects. However, many older women have a good chance
of healthy outcomes.
Counseling may help you cope with infertility - Couples and individuals
dealing with infertility are wise to seek out counseling to help deal
with the strong emotions that are associated with an inability to become pregnant.
Evaluating infertility in couples - Fertility problems affect millions
of people. There are many causes and a variety of treatments.
Get tested for HIV - Not worried about HIV? The only sure way to know your
status is to get tested. Women should know their HIV status before conceiving.
Have a chronic illness? Seek care before pregnancy - If you have a chronic
illness, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, seeing your health care
provider for treatment is vitally important.
How do you know if you're pregnant? - Signs of pregnancy reflect dramatic
changes that occur in the growing fetus and placenta. Home pregnancy tests
can confirm pregnancy as early as the first day of a missed menstrual period.
Myth surrounds subject of infertility - There are many myths about infertility
that are wise to ignore.
Ready to conceive? Learn the signs of fertility - Charting body temperature
and menstrual cycle and keeping track of changes in cervical mucus can
help you predict when you are most fertile.
Your genes tell a story - Some health problems run in families. Some people
have genes they may pass on that could affect the health of future children.