How Common Is Infertility?

      The CDC defines infertility as, “not being able to get pregnant (conceive) after one year (or longer) of unprotected sex.” Although it may not seem common, studies conducted by the CDC have proven otherwise. In the study, “National Survey of Family Growth, 2006-2010,” conducted by the CDC, they found that 1 in 8 couples were experiencing infertility in the US. 

     Since infertility has many causes, it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint the problem immediately. Infertility can be caused by both male and female factors for various reasons. There are many steps the people can take in order to reduce their chances of infertility, including the reduction of bad habits such as smoking and drinking.

     It is suggested to visit your healthcare provider after 1 year of unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant. However, for women over the age of 35, the CDC recommends visiting your healthcare provider after 6 months of unsuccessful attempts.