Midwest Reproductive Center

Age and infertility: Am I too young to see a fertility specialist?

You want to get pregnant. Maybe not now, but someday. Dr. Dan Gehlbach with Midwest Reproductive Center advises women of all ages, late teens through their 40s, to protect their future by knowing the facts about reproductive health.

  • Fertility in your 20s:  Practice safe sex to avoid fertility-threatening STDs, maintain a healthy weight and say no to illicit drugs, tobacco and excessive alcohol.
  • Fertility in your 30s: Know the warning signs of infertility: irregular cycles, painful cycles or six months of unprotected sex that does not result in a pregnancy.
  • Fertility in your 40s: Don’t let Hollywood mislead you. A woman’s fertility declines rapidly after the age of 40 as her eggs age.

Infertility is a very common problem.

In fact, it affects 1 in 7 couples. Dr. Gehlbach sees women that are nearing the end of their childbearing years, when the odds of getting pregnant decrease to 2 percent or less each month. Age can cause male infertility, too.

A recent Channel 41 news story featured Midwest Reproductive Center and the increased number of younger women who are partnering with fertility specialists.

Dr. Gehlbach says it’s not uncommon for women under 35 to seek help in his Olathe office. That’s not to say couples in their 20s and 30s always require advanced treatment such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). In fact, 70 percent of people who see a fertility specialist will not need IVF.

There are many other options for treating infertility.

Fertility treatment options include surgical procedures, fertility drugs and intrauterine insemination (IUI), for couples experiencing trouble conceiving. Fertility testing will help uncover any potential problems to save a couple from years of failed attempts to get pregnant.

Events like the “Just for Her Expo” bring awareness to infertility and help send the message that women can take proactive steps to protect their reproductive health. Rest assured that most women will become pregnant, although sometimes with help from a specialist. If you suspect a problem, contact us at Midwest Reproductive Center sooner rather than later.

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