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Fertility Risk Factors

Fertility Risk Factors

Many women panic when they aren't pregnant soon after trying, but if it's been less than six months and you're under 35, you shouldn't seek out a fertility specialist just yet. It can be tricky to know how to time intercourse just right, track your ovulation and take your basal temperature each day.

However, there are fertility risk factors which can prevent you from getting pregnant, and will need medical attention. If you're under 35 and have been having unprotected sex with your partner for more than a year, or if you're over 35 and have been unsuccessful for six months, it could be time to turn to your doctor for some advice and fertility testing. If there is a fertility problem present, your physician can prescribe fertility drugs, or recommend in vitro fertilization among other options.

Women with a history of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and polycystic ovary syndrome can have a hard time conceiving naturally. Chronic illnesses like diabetes or cancer, as well as thyroid disease, can limit your odds of natural conception. If you've suffered from any of these conditions or have had previous surgery on your uterus or fallopian tubes, seeing a fertility specialist is your best bet. Your doctor will also want to know about previous sexually transmitted diseases, so come clean with any STD's you've contracted in the past.

For men, chronic diseases like diabetes, thyroid disease and cancer may play a role in decreasing fertility. Even spending a lot of time in hot tubs, wearing tight undies, and bike riding may be damaging sperm and making trying for a baby unsuccessful.

Actually, lifestyle plays a big role in both male and female fertility. If you or your partner smoke cigarettes or marijuana or take steroids, fertility could be an issue. Getting pregnant may be impossible if you refuse to butt out or take even the odd toke of marijuana.

Talk to your doctor if aren't seeing that positive blue line on your pregnancy test after months of trying. If you've been following your ovulation patterns, paying attention to your diet and lifestyle, and are timing intercourse when you're at your most fertile, there's a good chance that there's another reason for not getting pregnant. Fortunately, we live in an age of advanced fertility drugs and treatments, so there's a good chance that you can conceive even if you're not having any luck the old-fashioned way.


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