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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.
  • Moderate or severe endometriosisendometriosis.
  • 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 gonorrhea or chlamydia, that has since damaged the reproductive system.
  • Polycystic ovary syndromePolycystic ovary syndrome.
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Last Updated: November 14, 2013
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