What is infertility?
Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after one year of having regular, unprotected intercourse. For women past the age of 35, infertility may be diagnosed after just six months of trying. Women who are able to become pregnant, but not stay pregnant, may also be diagnosed with infertility.
How common is infertility?
It’s estimated that 10% of women of reproductive age in the U.S., or just over six million women, have difficulty becoming pregnant or staying pregnant.
Researchers estimate that one-third of infertility problems among couples are caused by women’s problems, one-third are caused by men’s problems, and one-third are the result of a combination of men’s and women’s problems, or by unknown factors.