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A 22-year-old member asked:

Why can't i get pregnant?

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Dr. Joshua Klein
Fertility Medicine 17 years experience
It depends!: There are lots of possibilities! roughly one-third of the time there is a "female" problem (ovulation problems, blocked tubes, etc), one-third of the time there is a "male" problem (sperm issue), and one-third there are more than one identifiable issue. Your general ob/gyn or fertility specialist can get you started with the appropriate workup/tests (if any). Good luck!
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Fertility evaluation: See a ob/gyn or infertility specialist for infertility evaluation. Infertility = failure to conceive after 1 year of unprotected sex, and affects ~15% of couples. Evaluation involves confirmation of ovulation, patency of fallopian tubes, and assessment of sperm characteristics. Abnormalities in any one of these may make it more difficult to conceive, even with history of previous live birth(s).
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Infertility doctor: If a couple is unable to get pregnant after 6 or more months of unprotected sex, it is time to get a semen analysis and to see an infertility specialist.
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Fertility evaluation: See a ob/gyn or infertility specialist for infertility evaluation. Infertility = failure to conceive after 1 year of unprotected sex, and affects ~15% of couples. Evaluation involves confirmation of ovulation, patency of fallopian tubes, and assessment of sperm characteristics. Abnormalities in any one of these may make it more difficult to conceive, even with history of previous live birth(s).

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