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Infertility affects 13% of couples of reproductive age and about 22% of women who attempt to conceive their first child after age 30.

Luckily, there are many treatments that may be able to make parenthood possible for you.

 

Age: A Common Culprit of Infertility

Women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have in their lifetime. As they age, their eggs do, too. The older the eggs, the harder it can be to get pregnant. In their early to mid-twenties, women have a 25 to 35% chance of getting pregnant every month. By age 40, that number drops to 5%.

For men, sperm quality begins to decline by 40 to 45 years of age. That can make it more difficult for viable sperm to reach an egg.

There are a few other, less common causes of infertility, including injuries, illnesses, hormonal and genetic disorders, as well as physical complications such as uterine fibroids and blocked fallopian tubes.

 

Infertility Factors You Can Control

Manageable risk factors for infertility in men and women include:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive drinking
  • Steroid or illicit drug use
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Exposure to environmental toxins, like pesticides and lead

Being overweight or underweight and intense athletic training can also affect a woman’s fertility.

 

Medical Treatment Options

If you’re already avoiding the risk factors above, talk with your doctor about potential treatments and solutions.

There are several medicines that can treat a woman’s ovulation issues and medications for men that clear up infections affecting sperm count.

Other options include:

  • Artificial insemination: injecting a woman with specially prepared sperm
  • Intrauterine insemination: sperm is placed directly in the uterus around the time an ovary releases one or more eggs
  • In vitro fertilization: combining an egg and sperm outside of the body to create an embryo and then implanting it
  • Donor eggs and sperm

If you’ve been struggling to conceive for more than 12 months, both of you should see your doctor to discuss testing for infertility and treatment options.

 

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