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Infertility

Curious

04/09/2009

Question:

Even if you get a cycle every month is it possible that you are still not fertile?

Answer:

Patients who have regular menstrual cycles are probably ovulating (making an egg).  However, there are other ways to definitively determine this, such as a blood test to check for a hormone in the blood that is made following ovulation.

The definition of infertility is failure to become pregnant after 12 months of trying.  Following that, a work-up for infertility is recommended, consisting of a blood test to check for ovulation, a semen analysis to check your husband/partner's sperm counts, and a dye test (hysterosalpingogram or HSG) to see if your fallopian tubes are open. 

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Response by:

Daniel B Williams, MD Daniel B Williams, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati