Major things that affect your chances of conceiving and carrying a
healthy pregnancy with or without treatment include maternal age, how long you
have been trying to conceive, and the cause of infertility. For more
information, see the What Happens section of the topic Fertility
If it takes just one sperm and one egg to create a baby, why must men make so many sperm? And how many sperm are considered normal? How long do sperm live? Can they survive outside the body? Do men stop making sperm as they age? Is there anything you can do to increase sperm production or improve the health of your sperm?
WebMD takes a look at the facts about sperm and answers these and other frequently asked questions.
The age of the woman's egg supply greatly impacts her
chances of conceiving, carrying, and delivering a healthy infant. From her
mid-30s into her 40s, a woman's chances of pregnancy with her own eggs decrease
while her risk of
success of treating other causes of infertility depends heavily upon the type
and severity of the problem.
Some couples complete many cycles of infertility treatment before
they conceive or before they and their doctor decide that the treatment has
failed. Before you start any treatment for infertility, discuss it with your
doctor and set reasonable time limits for yourselves.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2013
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