You’re busy. With all of the daily demands for your time, Texas Fertility Center reminds you not to sacrifice a life goal of getting pregnant. It’s common to put off having a baby until later in life — or to overlook the signs that something might be wrong.
However, if you plan to have a baby someday, reproductive endocrinologists urge you: “Don’t ignore your fertility.”
Why you shouldn’t ignore fertility
Age impacts fertility. Pregnancy rates decline slowly after the mid-twenties – more quickly after the age of 35. Women over 40 have just a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant each month. It’s critical to know the statistics before deciding to delay starting a family.
Many lifestyle and environmental factors contribute to infertility. Knowing the risks can help you avoid problems conceiving. Common contributors to infertility include:
- Weight (over or under)
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Chronic diseases
- Cigarette smoking
- Illegal drug use
- Exposure to environmental toxins
You may also be surprised to learn that male infertility plays a role in half of all cases of infertility. Thus it’s important to consider ‘his’ side, especially if ‘he’ has had any problems with sexual function, testicular pain or swelling, or chronic medical issues.
Am I infertile?
If you are under 35 and have tried for one year to get pregnant with no results, it’s time to see a fertility specialist. Even if it has not been a full year, it’s not unreasonable to do some basic testing earlier, especially with any history of gynecologic issues.
Women over 35 should seek help after six months of unprotected sex – even more quickly if they are over 40.
The key to resolving infertility is to partner with a fertility specialist as soon as you suspect a problem to maximize your options and overall success.
If you’ve attended one of our monthly infertility educational seminars or followed us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and blogs like this one), you know that Texas Fertility Center believes in education and advocacy. That’s why we partner with RESOLVE in supporting National Infertility Awareness Week.
Infertility is a disease, but it is treatable. If you have experienced trouble getting pregnant, contact the compassionate team at Texas Fertility Center. We will work with you to achieve your goals of having a family!