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Quiz: Test Your Fertility IQ

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Your most fertile days can vary from month to month.

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Your most fertile days can vary from month to month.

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You are most fertile around 1 to 2 days before you ovulate (when your ovary releases an egg). But when you ovulate is special to you. Women ovulate at various times in their cycles, and the length of their cycles may be different, too. You may even ovulate at different times from month to month. But it's likely to happen 11 to 21 days into your cycle.

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Which can hold up ovulation?

Three pregnant women standing in a row

Which can hold up ovulation?

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Hormones send out messages to your body to get ready for an egg to be fertilized. Stress, an illness, or anything that throws off your normal state of being (like losing a lot of weight) can keep these hormones from being released. This can keep you from ovulating.

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You can tell when you will ovulate by taking your temperature when you wake up.

Three pregnant women standing in a row

You can tell when you will ovulate by taking your temperature when you wake up.

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Tracking your body heat -- or basal body temperature (BBT) -- as soon as you wake up in the morning can tell you whether you have ovulated. But it does not predict when you will ovulate. Ovulation predictor kits can sense the hormone that triggers ovulation and can help you figure out when you are most fertile.

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Wait 3 months after stopping birth control pills before you try to get pregnant.

Three pregnant women standing in a row

Wait 3 months after stopping birth control pills before you try to get pregnant.

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There's no reason to wait. You can start trying to get pregnant after you take the last birth control pill. Most women start ovulating again about 2 weeks after they stop the pill.

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How long can sperm live inside a woman's body?

Three pregnant women standing in a row

How long can sperm live inside a woman's body?

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A man's sperm can survive in a woman about 3 to 5 days. But a woman's egg lives for only 12 to 24 hours after it's released. So don't wait to have sex until after you think you've ovulated.

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To improve your chance of getting pregnant, have sex:

Three pregnant women standing in a row

To improve your chance of getting pregnant, have sex:

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If you're trying to conceive, you should have sex between days 7 and 20 of your menstrual cycle. But you don't need to have sex every day during your fertile window. Studies show that every other day or every third day work just as well.

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Some sexual positions raise your chance of getting pregnant.

Three pregnant women standing in a row

Some sexual positions raise your chance of getting pregnant.

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There's no scientific proof that having sex in a certain position speeds up or slows down sperm trying to reach an egg. You can get pregnant having sex in just about any position.

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What percentage of couples between 29 and 33 (without fertility issues) conceive after 6 months of unprotected sex?

Three pregnant women standing in a row

What percentage of couples between 29 and 33 (without fertility issues) conceive after 6 months of unprotected sex?

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After 6 months of trying to conceive, 60% of couples in this age range, with no known reproductive problems, succeed in getting pregnant. In general, about 90% of fertile couples will conceive within a year.

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If you are a woman younger than 35, you should see your doctor if you and your partner can't conceive after:

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If you are a woman younger than 35, you should see your doctor if you and your partner can't conceive after:

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If you or your partner has an infertility problem, a specialist can test both of you to find out what it is. The doctor may advise treatment with drugs or surgery, depending on the problem.

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About how many U.S. couples have fertility problems?

Three pregnant women standing in a row

About how many U.S. couples have fertility problems?

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Many couples have fertility problems. In the U.S., about 6.1 million people of child-bearing age have trouble getting or staying pregnant.

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Do men or women have more fertility issues?

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Do men or women have more fertility issues?

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About one-third of the time, male issues cause infertility. Another one-third of the time female issues do. The rest of the time, issues with both partners cause it, or the reasons are unknown. Some male factors are low sperm count or poorly formed sperm. Some female factors are problems with ovulating or blocked fallopian tubes, which keep sperm from reaching the egg.

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Smoking may reduce fertility in men and women.

Three pregnant women standing in a row

Smoking may reduce fertility in men and women.

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Smoking may decrease a man's ability to produce healthy sperm. In women, smoking can be harmful to the ovaries. It may even make women lose their eggs faster over time.

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If you are a woman older than 35, you should see your doctor if you and your partner can't conceive after:

Three pregnant women standing in a row

If you are a woman older than 35, you should see your doctor if you and your partner can't conceive after:

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Your chance of having a baby goes down every year after age 30. You have fewer healthy eggs and your ovaries don't release eggs as well. You're also more likely to have a health condition that can lead to fertility problems.

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What percentage of U.S. women have their first child after age 35?

Three pregnant women standing in a row

What percentage of U.S. women have their first child after age 35?

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On average, it takes women over age 35 about twice as long to get pregnant as a younger woman. Under age 25, about 85% of women are pregnant after 1 year of trying. Over age 35, about 85% of women are pregnant after 2 years of trying.

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