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Infertility is diagnosed

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Updated: Tuesday, May 25,2010, 11:38:12 AM
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Planning and hoping for a child can be a happy and exciting time, but the inability to conceive can be sad and frustrating. The situation however, even though it may seem so at the time, is not unique. infertility affects over 6 million people. That's about 10 percent of those who are at the right age to have a baby.

Infertility is diagnosed, according to the National Infertility Association (NIA), when a couple actively tries to conceive a child for a year without success. This definition varies for women in their late 30's or early 40's or women with known medical conditions. For instance, women with multiple miscarriages are considered to have an infertility problem. A healthy, young couple in their 20's has a 20 percent chance of conceiving each month, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The odds decline with age.

Infertility can be caused by one or many factors. It can be the result of a male factor or a female factor. In fact, the reasons for infertility are divided pretty equally between men and women. that about a third of the time it's a male issue and a third of the time a female issue. Ten to 15 percent of the time it's a combination and some 20 percent of the time a cause can't be isolated.

The vast majority of cases, according to ASRM, are treated with conventional means such as surgery, medications or even things as simple as lifestyle changes. The definition of vast majority by the way is 85 to 90 percent. you may be told to change the times or the frequency of your sexual relations or be told to lose weight and/or stop smoking. A woman may in fact need to gain weight if she is underweight.

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