What does it mean to be infertile?

Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system that prevents the conception of children. A diagnosis of infertility is typically given to couples who have been trying to get pregnant for at least one year without success.

How common is it?

Infertility is a common problem. In fact, about 6% of married women ages 15 to 44 in the United States are unable to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition, about 12% of women ages 15 to 44 in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.

What causes it?

Various factors can play a role in why a couple may be unable to conceive.

Age, problems with ovulation or certain health conditions such as pelvic infection, uterine fibroids, or endometriosis, which is the development of uterine-lining tissue outside the uterus, can impact a woman’s ability to become pregnant.

Men too may have an underlying condition that could be impacting the ability to conceive. Low sperm count, hormonal imbalances or anatomical issues are common culprits.

What can be done?

Being infertile does not necessarily mean you will never get pregnant. It may just mean you need to see a specialist to determine what could be causing the condition.

By partnering with the Medical College of Georgia, our infertility specialists are able to offer patients the latest care and treatment designed to increase a couple’s chances for becoming pregnant.