Conceptions and misconceptions: Why pregnancy occurs and why it doesn't

Many people plan their families carefully, waiting until the time is just right to try for a baby. Most couples assume that once they stop using contraception, pregnancy will happen quickly – but that just isn’t always the case.

To women and couples who are having problems conceiving, it can feel like failure and seem that they’re alone in experiencing these difficulties in getting pregnant. But the reality is that this happens much more often than people realise. At some point in their lives, at least 1 in 6 couples will experience some degree of infertility.

Traditionally, infertility has been defined as “the inability of couples to achieve conception after a year of unprotected intercourse, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term.”

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for 12 months (or 6 months for women over the age of 35), assisted conception might be needed.

To appreciate how Hollywood Fertility Centre can help you conceive, it’s important to understand exactly what has to go right for conception to occur.

A lot of the terms and processes you’ll encounter along your journey will be unfamiliar. The glossary of terms will help, but you might also like to jot down questions, thoughts or concerns to ask your Hollywood Fertility Centre doctor or nurse coordinator at your next meeting. Our section on useful information may also help.

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