You can’t help growing older, but a growing awareness about age and infertility will help you make a realistic plan to get pregnant.
Dr. Dan Gehlbach with Midwest Reproductive Center wants you to know the facts about female infertility risks and warning signs.
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1. Maternal Age. Love on a timetable? It’s not always possible to synch getting pregnant with finding Mr. Right, but keep in mind that the best time to get pregnant is in your 20s and early 30s. Egg freezing is a new option to consider. Check out more inof on Age & and Infertility
2. Smoking. Who wants to go into early menopause? Smoking wreaks havoc on a woman’s reproductive health. It interferes with ovulation, may lead to menopause and even causes miscarriage and premature births. Talk to your fertility doctor about a smoking cessation program that will help you increase the chances of getting pregnant.
3. Weight. Underweight and overweight women have trouble getting pregnant because weight is tied to hormonal balance. Shoot for staying within 10-15 percent of your target body mass index (BMI).
4. STDs. Called the silent fertility threat, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis can go undetected, with infertility as the first sign of trouble. According to the CDC: Approximately 2.8 million cases of chlamydia and 718,000 cases of gonorrhea occur annually in the United States. Most women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea have no symptoms.
There are, of course, other female infertility risk factors to consider: chronic disease, exposure to environmental toxins and excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to infertility.
If you have tried for more than a year to get pregnant, or six months if you are 35 or older, it’s time to contact a fertility specialist. Contact Midwest Reproductive Center to schedule a fertility workup and learn more about female infertility risk factors.