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Infertility Concerns When Planning a Pregnancy


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If you've been having regular, unprotected sex for 12 months or more without getting pregnant, you and your partner may be infertile.  

If that’s the case, it's natural to worry, but there are lots of options available.

Most women - about 85 percent - will get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. The number rises to 95 percent after two years, but the older you are, the harder it may be to conceive. Fertility starts to decline in your 30s, becoming more pronounced after age 37.

Many options are available to help. Assisted conception techniques are always changing as new technology becomes available. Current approaches include Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), which help gametes (eggs or sperm) come together in larger numbers to increase the chance of fertilization.

For more information on infertility, talk to your healthcare provider and do your own research. As with any treatment, carefully consider the risks and benefits for you and your family before you make a decision.

Dealing with infertility

Infertility can be extremely difficult for women, their partners, and their relationships. Reach out for support from counselors, health care providers, friends, and support groups.

Resources and Links
HealthLink BC: Fertility Problems

Last Updated: August 2, 2013