The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially defines infertility as "not being able to get pregnant after one year or more of unprotected sex." That includes trouble either getting pregnant or staying pregnant.

However, those of you who have faced fertility issues, or supported someone through fertility difficulties, know these definitions are merely the tip of the iceberg. They do not encapsulate the incredibly complex and emotional journey that fertility problems bring.

"Even the word 'infertility' can in itself be quite a triggering word," said Jules McGoldrick, a holistic women's health practitioner and owner of Ryecroft Yoga and Wellness, specializing in fertility yoga and fertility support. "Especially when we use it as a blanket term for all things related to struggles conceiving."

Many couples end up at fertility clinics with no diagnosis, no reasons given,