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How do you know if you’re fertile?

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How do you know if you're fertile?

The first step is to try to get pregnant when you are ready!  This is the only sure fire way to know if someone is fertile.  There are many physical signs that we use to determine someone’s level of fertility.  If you have regular periods, ovulate at the same time every month, and generally have good health status, the likelihood is that you are fertile.  There are also some laboratory tests that can be used to help us diagnose fertility issues.  If you have been trying for pregnancy for at least a year, speak with your doctor about investigating an underlying cause of fertility issues.  For many of us, the perfect time to start a family is much later in life. While it is true that fertility rates decline with age, it is not over until the last egg drops!