Some people with fertility problems never even know it until they try to have a baby. That’s because oftentimes infertility issues don’t have symptoms. So whether you’re actively trying to have children or just planning to in the future, it’s good to know if anything you or your partner are doing might reduce your chances of getting pregnant.
While you can’t control everything that might affect your fertility, there are some things you can.
Risk Factors for Infertility
Men and women are equally at risk for fertility problems. In about one-third of cases, both partners have issues, or doctors can’t find the cause.
Some of the factors that affect a couple’s ability to have a baby include:
Age. A woman is born with a set number of eggs. That number drops as she ages, making it harder for her to get pregnant after she reaches her mid-30s. By 40, her chances of getting pregnant drop from 90% to 67%. By age 45, it’s just 15%. A man is less fertile after age 40.
Can you lower your risk? Sort of. When you’re ready to have children, don’t wait. The younger you are the better.
Smoking. If you smoke tobacco or marijuana, you’re less likely to get pregnant. Tobacco and marijuana can increase a woman’s chance of miscarriage, and decrease sperm count in men. Smokers also hit menopause about 2 years earlier than non-smokers. It can also cause erectile dysfunction (ED).
Can you lower your risk? Yes. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products of any kind.
Drinking alcohol. Doctors now say there’s no safe amount of alcohol women can drink during pregnancy. It can lead to birth defects. It may also lower your chances of getting pregnant and drinking heavily can decrease sperm count in men.
Can you lower your risk? Yes. Men and women should avoid alcohol when trying to conceive.
Weight. Women who are overweight can have irregular periods and skip ovulation. But women who are extremely underweight can also have problems — their reproductive systems can shut down completely. Men who are obese can have lower-quality sperm or ED.
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