What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase your risk of having fertility problems include:
The woman's age. The older a woman is, the more likely she is to have problems getting pregnant:Reference 2
- Age 20 to 24: 7 out of 100 women have fertility problems.
- Age 25 to 29: 9 out of 100 have fertility problems.
- Age 30 to 34: 15 out of 100.
- Age 35 to 39: 22 out of 100.
- Age 40 to 44: 29 out of 100.
- Birth defects. Some men and women were born with problems in their reproductive systems.
- Moderate or severe Reference endometriosis Opens New Window.
- Past exposure to very high levels of environmental toxins, certain drugs, or high doses of radiation. This includes cancer chemotherapy or radiation.
- Past infection with a sexually transmitted infection, such as Reference gonorrhea Opens New Window or Reference chlamydia Opens New Window, that has since damaged the reproductive system.
- Reference Polycystic ovary syndrome Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology