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Understanding your fertility and how a woman gets pregnant will help you in your family-building journey.

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When am I most fertility? If you are trying to conceive, there are certain times in your menstrual cycle when you are more fertile than others. Fertile days in your menstrual cycle occur around the time of ovulation, when your ovaries release a mature egg for fertilization. If you are trying to get pregnant, it is important to plan sex during your most fertile days. Fertile days vary from woman-to-woman, depending on the length and regularity of her menstrual cycles. Women are most fertile during ovulation, when a woman releases an egg to be fertilized.

Approximately 43 percent of women ages 18-59 experience some form of sexual dysfunction. The most frequent complaint? You guessed it: lack of interest, or hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Now add in the fact that you're TTC, and the irony is, you're working so hard to make a baby, but having sex is the last thing you feel like doing!

Negative Pregnancy Test with a Missed Period? What does that mean?

There are a several possible explanations for a negative pregnancy test with a missed period. Perhaps the most concerning issue when you are trying to conceive is whether or not you have an underlying medical diagnosis preventing regular menstrual cycles.

Some reasons for having a missed or late period without being pregnant include: ovulation disorders or ovarian reserve issues. Conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, and high Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) or Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) can interfere with your menstrual cycle.

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What is Infertility?

Dr. Christopher S. Sipe, at Fertility Centers of Illinois discusses infertility, a common problem affecting 15% of all couples trying to conceive. General infertility is the attempt to conceive a child over a year without having a successful pregnancy. Plenty of people who are deemed infertile will still get pregnant.