I Can’t Get Pregnant. Am I Infertile? What is Infertility?

What is Infertility?

If you’ve been trying to have a baby for a while (3 months, 6 months, 1 year, several years…) with NO results, you are probably wondering whether or not you or your partner might be infertile. Well, let’s end the confusion right here. The medical community has a very specific definition of infertility and here it is:

You are infertile if:

  • You have been trying to have a baby and have not been able to get pregnant after 12 months of regular, unprotected sex, or
  • You are 35 years or older and have not been able to get pregnant after 6 months of regular, unprotected sex.
What is Infertility? Am I Infertile?

TTC and Not Getting Pregnant? You May Be Infertile.

Infertility is more common than you think, even for people you might think would easily get pregnant like:

  • Young People – Yes. People in their 20’s can struggle with infertility too.
  • Second Time Around-ers – Maybe you already have a child or two, and you had no problems getting pregnant the first time around. Unfortunately, just because you were able to get pregnant easily in the past does not mean that you’ll be able to get pregnant easily now.
  • Health Nuts – Do you work out regularly, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and generally take very good care of yourselves? Even with your best efforts, healthy folks can face infertility too.
  • Folks From Fertile Families – Do you and your hubby both come from huge families where anybody who wants one seems to have a baby easily, or several? Despite your good genes, you might be struggling with infertility.

Check out the infographic below (by the National Institutes for Health) for an in-depth explanation of exactly what infertility is.

If you are infertile, it is still possible for you to have a baby.

Check out how to have a baby if you find out that you are infertile here.


This Understanding Infertility infographic defines infertility, discusses causes and contributions of infertility for men and women, and offers ways to get informed and make a plan for men and women interested in starting a family.

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