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    Prevention

    Some fertility problems are related to lifestyle or other health conditions. To help protect your fertility:

    • Avoid using tobacco (cigarettes) and marijuana. They reduce fertility, especially by reducing sperm counts.
    • Avoid exposure to harmful chemicals.
    • Avoid excessive alcohol use. It may damage eggs or sperm.
    • Limit sex partners and use condoms to reduce the risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Untreated STIs can damage the reproductive system and cause infertility. If you think you may have an STI, get treatment promptly to reduce the risk of damage to your reproductive system.
    • Stay at a body weight that is close to the ideal for your height. It will reduce the possibility of hormone imbalances. This is very important for men as well as for women.

    If you have been diagnosed with cancer and hope to have children in the future, talk to your doctor about preventing cancer treatment-related infertility.

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    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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