Treatments That Work It’s a myth that relaxing or “giving it time” will overcome infertility. Fertility problems are medical in nature and can often be treated. Worldwide, more than 5 million babies have been born through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Other treatments are successful, too. At least half of couples who seek help will get pregnant.
Spot the Signs
Most couples should visit a doctor after a year of trying to conceive. This is the main red flag. If a woman is over 35 or has an irregular menstrual cycle, and has been trying for 6 months, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible. Her partner should, too.
Common Problems in Men
• Low sperm count
• Poor sperm movement
• Misshaped sperm
• Blocked sperm ducts
Top Reasons in Women
The most common problems for women’s fertility include:
• Ovaries don't release eggs regularly
• Blocked fallopian tubes
• Problems in the cervix or uterus
Time and Tracking
In some cases, timing is the main challenge. You can use at-home ovulation tests to predict the best time for sex. They spot a rise in hormones before the ovaries release an egg. You may need to take the test again over several days. These tests are not the same as those your doctor gives you.