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Factors That May Be Contributing to Increased Rates of Infertility

Factors That May Be Contributing to Increased Rates of Infertility

According to recent data, infertility affects about 6% of couples in the United States. This number has remained relatively stable over the past few decades, but there are some factors that may be contributing to increased rates of infertility.

The Impact of Age on Fertility

One possible factor is age. As more women delay having children until later in life, the chances of experiencing infertility increase. This is because a woman’s fertility declines as she gets older, particularly after the age of 35. Additionally, many women are choosing to focus on their careers and postpone starting a family, which can also impact fertility rates. Men may also experience infertility with age due to issues with sperm production or function.

Environmental Toxins and Infertility

Other potential factors that may be contributing to increased rates of infertility are environmental toxins. Exposure to certain chemicals and pollutants in the environment, such as pesticides and endocrine disruptors, may affect fertility in both men and women.

Lifestyle and Infertility

A healthy lifestyle, including exercise and proper diet, is important for general health, as well as, fertility when trying to conceive. Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and stress levels can also play a role in fertility. Specifically, extremes of weight and cigarette smoking have been shown to be detrimental to people trying to conceive.

When to See a Fertility Specialist

It’s important to note that infertility is a complex issue and often has multiple causes. In some cases, infertility may be related to medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis. Fortunately, there are many options available for couples struggling with infertility. Treatments such as assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and fertility medications can help increase the chances of pregnancy. It’s also important for couples to work with a healthcare provider who specializes in infertility to develop a personalized treatment plan based on their individual needs and circumstances. At Fertility Centers of New England, we are here to help individuals overcome this challenge and achieve their goals of starting a family.

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