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If you have been struggling to get pregnant, you are not alone. More than 1 out of 10 couples in the United States experience infertility — the inability to get pregnant. And infertility rates are going up. That means millions of women and men have dealt with this problem. Even though struggling with infertility may be common, it can be very frustrating.
Infertility is defined as an inability to get pregnant after having unprotected vaginal intercourse over the course of a year OR an inability to stay pregnant for the length of a normal pregnancy. Infertility is not just a problem for women. It can also be a problem for a man. Sometimes both the woman and the man in a couple have fertility problems.
The good news is that help is available. There are many reasons why a woman or man might be infertile. And there are different treatments available, depending on the cause of infertility.
Whether you have been trying to get pregnant for a while, or are just concerned about the ways infertility affects women and men, you may have many questions. Our goal at Planned Parenthood is to give you up-to-date, clear information that helps you better understand your reproductive health. Learning more about female infertility and male infertility is an important step. We hope these pages give you the facts and tools you need to understand infertility.
If you have more questions or concerns, we can help. Staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center can talk with you and help you get the health services you need.
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