Understanding Your Reproductive Health
Your fertility refers to your ability or capacity to conceive a child. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to conceive easily. In fact, infertility—the inability to conceive naturally after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse—affects over 10% of couples.1
The main indicator is time: if a couple has unsuccessfully tried to get naturally pregnant for a year, the underlying challenge may be infertility. Other symptoms are more difficult to discern because they may not be obvious.
However, couples experiencing these symptoms should consult their healthcare provider immediately:
We encourage you to take charge of your reproductive health by staying informed and having open conversations with your healthcare provider.
It is a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider before trying to get pregnant. They can help you prepare for pregnancy, answer questions on fertility and give tips on conceiving.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infertility FAQs. Accessed June 17, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/infertility/index.htm.