A number of factors can affect fertility. Risk factors for infertility can depend on whether you're a man or a woman. And while a risk factor may increase the chance that you will have fertility problems, it does not necessarily mean that you will have fertility problems.
For women, one of the main risk factors is age. Fertility decreases with age, particularly after age 35 for women. You should consider seeking help at a fertility clinic (find a fertility clinic near you) if:
Other risk factors for women include:
For men, risk factors for fertility problems include:
Learn more about common reasons for infertility for women and men.
For both women and women, certain lifestyle factors may affect their fertility. These include:
If you are having trouble conceiving, you're not alone. About 11.5% to 15.7% of Canadian couples have infertility. With proper fertility care, many couples have successfully conceived and had children despite initially facing problems with fertility.
The good news is that you can take steps to improve your chances of conceiving. For example, if your weight is putting you at risk for fertility problems, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight may increase your chances of conceiving. Learn more about living a healthy lifestyle to help improve fertility.
If you are concerned about fertility issues, you should consider seeing your doctor about your fertility. You can find a doctor who specializes in fertility using the fertility clinic locator.
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