Am I too old to become pregnant?
If you’re interested in becoming pregnant (and haven’t yet experienced menopause) there is a chance. However women over 35 often have more difficulty becoming pregnant than younger women. That’s why we’re here: to help women in the Harrisonburg area take control of their fertility and maximize their chances of becoming pregnant.
What does it mean to be “infertile”?
Generally speaking, we recommend an infertility evaluation if:
You’re under 35 and haven’t become pregnant after 12 months of regular intercourse without any type of contraception.
You’re over 35 and haven’t become pregnant after trying for 6 consecutive months.
What causes infertility in women?
To best answer this question, you have to understand that there are 5 fundamental steps required for pregnancy to occur:
- One of your ovaries must release an egg that is capable of being fertilized.
- That egg must enter the fallopian tube.
- The egg must be fertilized.
- The fertilized egg must travel through the fallopian tube to the uterus.
- Once in the uterus, the fertilized egg must start growing.
Any interruption to this process will prevent pregnancy from occurring. Some experts estimate that over 10% of couples are affected by infertility. And in nearly 20% of those cases, the exact cause of infertility can’t be determined. In other cases, infertility may be caused by:
- Genetic factors
- Diseases like Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis
- Damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, or cervix
- Hormonal imbalances
As you can see, infertility is a complex subject and every woman is different. The best way to get an answer to this question is to contact Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare for a fertility consultation.
What risk factors can affect my fertility?
There are a variety of risk factors that reduce your chances of becoming pregnancy. When you meet with one of our fertility care specialists, we’ll take a close look at possible risk factors that include:
- Your weight and age
- Previous history of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- History of tubal disease or endometriosis
- Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption