Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Health & Pregnancy

Font Size

Fertility 101


Fertility 101 Marie Claire article image The Pill — MYTH. It's entirely possible to get pregnant during your first cycle off the Pill, says Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine. "There's even some evidence that women who go off the Pill have a slightly higher incidence of twins if they conceive that first month," she says. Post-Pill babies face no extra health risks.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) — TRUTH. Also known as Syndrome O, PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility — the syndrome is accompanied by hormonal fluctuations or imbalances that can interfere with ovulation. Symptoms include irregular periods and increased hair growth on the face, stomach, and back, as well as acne and weight gain.

Previous births — MYTH. Having already had a baby doesn't guarantee that you have viable eggs remaining. "About one in 10 women who already has a baby will have difficulty conceiving a second time," says Adamson.

Endometriosis — TRUTH. A condition that occurs when endometrial tissue grows outside of its normal boundaries, endometriosis can lead to infertility if these rogue endometrial cells block the fallopian tubes or prevent normal ovulation or implantation.

Abortion — MYTH. An abortion does not alter your ability to have a healthy child later, unless you experienced complications that scarred the uterus.

Cancer treatment — TRUTH. Depending on dose and duration, some radiation and chemotherapy can lead to infertility.

Diet — MYTH. While a healthy diet is important, no experts — not even Harvard physicians Jorge Chavarro and Walter Willett, coauthors of The Fertility Diet — believe diet alone can make an infertile couple conceive. "There are some people with certain disorders who, no matter how many changes to diet or lifestyle, still won't get pregnant," says Chavarro, who admits that his book's program has never been tested on women already experiencing fertility problems.


Once upon a time, procreation required only a man and a woman. Today, an entire industry is standing by to help you create the baby of your dreams.

WHO:Conception coach
CLAIM: This personal adviser promises to develop a game plan for navigating the emotional ups and downs of getting pregnant (
COST: $125 to $175 per session

WHO: Acupuncturist
CLAIM: A fertility acupuncture regimen focuses on points related to the ovaries and uterus along with those that induce relaxation. About a dozen studies have shown that acupuncture can improve fertility rates in IVF patients.
COST: $75 to $125 per session

WHO: Fertility counselor
CLAIM: Stress is the top reason that couples drop out of fertility treatments. Ease the tension with the help of a specialized therapist.
COST: $100 to $180 per session

Christie Aschwanden is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Pregnancy Week-By-Week Newsletter

Delivered right to your inbox, get pictures and facts on
what to expect each week of your pregnancy.

Today on WebMD

hand circling date on calendar
Track your most fertile days.
woman looking at ultrasound
Week-by-week pregnancy guide.
Pretty pregnant woman timing contaction pains
The signs to watch out for.
pregnant woman in hospital
Are there ways to do it naturally?
slideshow fetal development
pregnancy first trimester warning signs
What Causes Bipolar
Woman trying on dress in store
pregnant woman
Close up on eyes of baby breastfeeding
healthtool pregnancy calendar
eddleman prepare your body pregnancy