Understanding the risk factors of infertility
The actual diagnosis of infertility is given after a couple fails to conceive after a year of intercourse. There are certain criteria that can help you find out if you and your partner are at risk of being diagnosed with infertility, a condition that affects 10-15% of all couples in the United States. While seeing your gynecologist is the best way to assess your risk, both male and female fertility is affected by genetics, age, diet, body weight, lifestyle (stress) and medical and contraceptive history.
For women, regular periods and no pelvic infections do suggest that there are no anatomical problems. Regular ovulation also correlates with a healthy reproductive system. For men, sperm quality is an indicator of good fertility. Even if there are no male or female risk factors for infertility, there is still a 20% chance of infertility, however. As of now, there isn’t a real way to account for this 20%, which is why it is recommended to have regular visits with your gynecologist so that you can stay on top of your fertility and be that much more ready for when you do decide to conceive a child.
To read the full article on Forbes.com, visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/08/01/what-causes-infertility/