Are You Infertile?

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Hearing the words “you might be infertile” can be shocking.  But how do you know if you truly are infertile?

Technically speaking, you are experiencing infertility if you and your partner are under age 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for a year without success.

Or, you and your partner are over age 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months without success.

Studies show that your agegeneral health, including use of tobaccoalcohol and recreational drugs, as well as your contraceptive use all have an impact on your ability to get pregnant.

The good news is that proven fertility treatments help many couples conceive when they are unable to conceive naturally.  In fact, improved, high-tech procedures and recent microsurgery techniques are boosting success rates even more.

What to Do If You Think You Are Infertile

If you identify with the technical definitions of infertility, here are some first steps to take to help increase your chances of conceiving:

  • Talk with your doctor.  Your doctor can recommend ways to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle that will help increase your chances of conceiving.
  • Choose the right contraceptive. Preventing pregnancy now may help increase your future fertility.  But, choosing the right contraception is important.  Talk with your doctor about options that will help preserve your fertility
  • Reduce stress. We all strive to reduce or eliminate stress so we enjoy ourselves and live healthier, happier lives.  But, eliminating stressors while trying to conceive can actually be one of the best ways to enhance your chances of becoming pregnant. Find out what your perceived stressors are and work to reduce them as best as you can.
  • Seek medical help. If you think you may be infertile, don’t wait for too many more months to go by. Seek medical attention now. It’s your best bet for making pregnancy possible! To find a certified Reproductive Endocrinologist near you, visit the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

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