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About fertility

Reasons women have difficulty conceiving

Many factors can determine why conceiving is a challenge; approximately 25% of all infertile women have problems with ovulation. Here are some common reasons:

  • Age
  • Anatomical and female infertility challenges
  • Medical history
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Diet
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Stress

Facts vs. Myths

  • Myth: Infertility is a woman’s problem
    • Fact:15% of couples of reproductive age have a fertility problem
    • Fact: Source of infertility: 40% female, 40% male, 20% unknown
    • Fact: Approximately 8 million infertile women in the US
  • Myth: It’s all psychological; people just need to relax and they’ll get pregnant
    • Fact: Infertility is a medical condition of the reproductive system. Stress can result from struggles with infertility, not cause it.
  • Myth: After people adopt a baby they usually get pregnant
    • Fact: Studies reveal that the rate for achieving pregnancy after adopting is the same as for those who do not adopt
  • Myth: Infertility is not problematic for people until they hit their late 30’s
    • Fact: For women
      • 7% of married women are infertile by age 30
      • 11% by age 35
      • 33% by age 40
      • 87% at age 45
  • Myth: People who have successfully conceived before shouldn’t have trouble with fertility later in life
    • Fact: More than one million couples experience “secondary infertility”

Healthy Living Tips

Living a healthy lifestyle is key in your fertility results. Here are some tips to consider when trying to conceive.
Eating healthy and maintaining a nutritious diet, for both man and woman, are important not only for your health but for the child you are expecting.
Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption as well as recreational drugs and smoking.
Low to moderate caffeine consumption.
As delicious and healthy as fish is, certain types are high in mercury.
Consult with your physician if you have a history of medical conditions that may prevent you from conceiving.