If you’re having trouble conceiving, this new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility ought to give you hope. According to its findings, nearly half of the women who say they had struggled to have a baby for at least a year still ended up conceiving without the aid of artificial treatments.


The study is part of a larger research involving data on 7,000 women living in Australia. These women started answering health surveys on pregnancy and childbirth as far back as 1996. At the moment, the study’s data is from around 1,400 participants aged 28 to 36 who have reported unsuccessful attempts at conceiving for at least a year at a time.

Based on the results, 53 percent of the women who resorted to fertility treatments got pregnant. Meanwhile, 44 percent of those who simply kept trying the natural way also achieved successful pregnancies.

If you’re still young and lack any serious health problems, your chances of having a baby are still pretty good. In fact, around 15 percent of women probably won’t get pregnant during their first year of trying to conceive. According to said Dr. Courtney Lynch, head of reproductive epidemiology at The Ohio State University in Columbus and independent of the new study, very few women are truly infertile.

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On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with getting yourself treated either. Find a doctor whom you can discuss your options with, and think positive!

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