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About Fertility

Sometimes getting pregnant is harder than people think!
One in six couples face infertility challenges when trying to get pregnant

Most women and men include the expectation of having children as part of their life plan. Unfortunately, many couples discover that getting pregnant is not as easy as people think. One in 6 couples are challenged by infertility for a variety of reasons.

Infertility is typically defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after 1 year of unprotected intercourse. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines for when to see a fertility specialist are as follows:

  • If you are under 35, after 1 year of unprotected intercourse
  • If you are 35-39, after 6 months
  • If you are 40 or older, after 3 months
  • If you have a reason to suspect an underlying problem, such as irregular periods, you should seek care earlier.

After 35 the impact of age on the quality and quantity of healthy eggs diminishes at a fairly rapid rate, and time is a critical factor in determining the potential for a healthy pregnancy. Therefore, it is important to follow these guidelines, so as not to delay potentially needed treatment. 

In this section about infertility, you will find information about common causes of infertility, how age and infertility impacts both women and men, and how infertility is diagnosed. In addition, there is information about the variety of infertility treatment options available at IVF New England.



Dr Kristen Wright is a fertility doctor in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She provides fertility screening and infertility treatment at the IVF New England fertility clinics in Bedford, New Hampshire (also serving people from southern Maine). Dr Wright also provides infertility services at Lowell General Hospital Outpatient Services in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.