What Increases Your Risk of Infertility Issues?


What Increases Your Risk of Infertility Issues?

Many people dream of having a baby of their own but with over 5 million Americans struggling each year with infertility issues, conception and a successful pregnancy may be difficult to achieve. Most understand that illegal drugs and alcohol use as well as smoking will increase their infertility risk yet few people realize how greatly other lifestyle and health factors can impact fertility.

Medical Conditions

People who suffer from medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid disorders, lupus, and arthritis often experience increased concerns regarding fertility. These diseases not only affect the hormonal balances within the body but may actually attack the embryo and fetus while in the womb.

Additionally, people who take medication for heart conditions, chronic pain, over-the-counter supplements, diet pills, and antidepressants may be at greater risk for infertility because of side effects from the medication. You should discuss these concerns with your fertility doctor to ensure your medical conditions are being treated without hindering your fertility.

Sexually Transmitted Disease

It is estimated that over 65 million Americans have some form of sexually transmitted disease. In a large number of cases, these conditions are asymptomatic and often go undetected. Unfortunately, many STDs can cause scarring in the fallopian tubes or can increase the infertility risk of the sufferer.


A major risk factor for infertility is weight. Not only is excessive weight an issue. Underweight individuals are more likely to experience infertility than those of a healthy weight. People with extremely low body fat levels may experience a complete shut down of sperm or egg production.

For more information about infertility issues and other fertility topics, contact the Fertility Center of Dallas, J. Michael Putman, M.D. or call us at 214-823-2692.



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