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Do You Think You're Infertile?

It's important to spread the message about the prevalence of infertility and how age can affect your ability to have children. But are some young people hearing, but not really understanding the message?

A new study from the Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to reproductive health, found that up to 19 percent of women ages 18 to 29 and 13 percent of men in the same age group believe they are very likely to be infertile.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for all women ages 15 to 44, the percentage of women who are infertile (unable to get pregnant when trying for at least 12 consecutive months) is 7.4 percent.

The fact is, your 20s are —biologically —the best time to get pregnant. But remember, the average fertile couple only has around a 20 percent chance of conceiving each month. Don't assume you have a problem (particularly if you do NOT want to get pregnant), and if you have tried to get pregnant for a year or more with no luck, make an appointment with a fertility doctor to find out why.

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