Fertility Problems - What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase your risk of having fertility problems include:
- The woman's age. The older a woman is, the more likely she is to have problems getting pregnant:2
- Age 20 to 24: 7 out of 100 women have fertility problems.
- Age 25 to 29: 9 out of 100 have fertility problems.
- Age 30 to 34: 15 out of 100.
- Age 35 to 39: 22 out of 100.
- Age 40 to 44: 29 out of 100.
- Birth defects. Some men and women were born with problems in their reproductive systems.
- Exposure toDES before
- Moderate or severe
- Past exposure to very high levels of
environmental toxins, certain drugs, or high doses of radiation. This includes cancer chemotherapy or radiation.
- Past infection with a sexually transmitted infection, such as
chlamydia, that has since damaged the reproductive
- Infrequent ejaculation. Going 10 days or longer between ejaculations may temporarily lower sperm count.
- A previous vasectomyor
tubal ligation. Sometimes these procedures, which are meant to prevent pregnancy, can be reversed.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 12, 2011
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