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Infertility: Causes and When to Consider Treatment

April 13, 2017

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse or carrying a pregnancy to term. For women over the age of 35, it’s the inability to conceive after six months.

If you’ve struggled to conceive, it may be time to seek professional help. Infertility is not uncommon. In the United States, 12.3% or 7.5 million women between the ages of 15 - 44 suffer from infertility.1

Infertility doesn’t just affect women. In fact, a study showed that 7.5% of men under the age of 45 also experienced infertility.2 

There are a multitude of potential causes to infertility, for both men and women, which is why it’s important to seek out professional and to identify if the cause of infertility is one or both partners.

 

 Causes of Infertility Infographic

 

Living a healthy lifestyle is the first step to reducing your risk of infertility. Exercising, eating a healthy diet and trying to reduce stress are a good start, but for those who have been struggling for a year or more, screenings and tests are the best option to determine the cause(s) to start treatment and to start your family.

If you’re struggling to start your family, contact your general physician or OB/GYN today to discuss.

 

Source:
1. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/infertility.htm
2. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/infertility/

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