Published 01/14 2003 02:31PM

Updated 01/14 2003 02:31PM

For most couples, conceiving a baby is easy. However, many couples encounter problems when trying to conceive a child. There are many causes that can affect the fertility of a couple, so both partners should be examined by a fertility expert to identify any problems. A doctor may begin by asking the couple questions pertaining to their medical history and lifestyles. The doctor may then recommend additional testing to better understand the nature of the problem. Fertility tests can provide answers to specific questions such as whether or not there are problems with the reproductive systems of each partner. Common concerns include the female's ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. In addition, a male may be examined for adequate sperm production needed for fertilization. After diagnosing a problem, a doctor may discuss treatment options. Depending on the cause of infertility, choices may include medical treatment, surgery, artificial means of conception, or a simple change in lifestyle.

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