If you're hoping to get pregnant, you might wonder about your fertility and whether you can improve it. Fifteen to 20 percent of couples experience infertility. Some factors might be beyond your control, such as medical issues that affect female fertility. But, that isn't the end of the story. Your lifestyle choices can have an effect on your fertility, too. Here's what you need to know to promote and protect your fertility.
What is female fertility?
Female fertility is a woman's ability to conceive a biological child. You and your partner might question your fertility if you've been trying to get pregnant with frequent, unprotected sex for at least one year — or at least six months if you're older than 35 — with no success.
What causes female fertility problems?
Various medical issues can contribute to female fertility problems, including:
Age also plays a role in female fertility. Delaying pregnancy can decrease the likelihood that you'll be able to conceive. An older woman's eggs aren't fertilized as easily as a younger woman's eggs and might not develop normally even after fertilization occurs.
Help is available
If you've been trying to get pregnant with frequent, unprotected sex for at least one year, you may want to talk with a specialist to learn more about your fertility. Call 715-537-6747 to make an appointment with one of our specialists in the Infertility Clinic.
Full services are available in Eau Claire; select services are available in Barron and Menomonie.
We also have access to advanced reproductive techniques, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and sperm micromanipulation, in coordination with IVF centers across the U.S.