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Surprising Causes of Infertility


Posted on Jan 14, 2014

Have you asked your doctor how to get pregnant without using fertility drugs? Physicians often do not share the many surprising things that actually might be causing infertility in their patients. Couples should know these facts before turning to fertility drugs, which can have harmful side effects.

Fox news reports on the many causes of infertility.

Many women turn to in vitro fertilization thinking it is their only option. But actually there are numerous other things couples can do to try to get pregnant. Fertility drugs have dangerous side effects such as increasing a woman’s potential to get cancer. 

One of the most common issues in infertile women is polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), which physicians often fail to diagnose. Fox explains, “It can cause irregular menstrual cycles and an increase in male hormones. POS is one of the most common reasons women don’t ovulate. In addition, being overweight, obese or underweight, as well as having a thyroid imbalance, can affect ovulation. One of the best ways to improve problems from POS and your fertility is to have a healthy weight.”

Men are also being urged to get thoroughly checked out by their physician. “Male factor infertility is responsible for up to a third of infertility cases. If a man is overweight, obese or a smoker, it could be affecting your chances of getting pregnant. An infection or inflammation of the prostate glands might also be the cause,” according to Fox.

In today’s society more and more people are having children later in life but age greatly affects egg health. Fox explains that “You’re born with a fixed number of eggs but the number and health of your eggs declines as you get older. In fact, a healthy and fertile 30-year-old has only a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant each month, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.”

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Gerry Oginski
NY Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Trial Lawyer