Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?

Because 1 in 8 Will Struggle to Conceive

Updated September 20, 2016

Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?

You got: Your Infertility Risk Is Low!

I got Your Infertility Risk Is Low!. Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?
Your infertility risk is low! Hopefully, you will get pregnant soon.. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc / Blend Images / Getty Images

You have no obvious risk factors or symptoms of a fertility problem. This is good news! With some trying to conceive education, you may be able to get pregnant quickly!

However, these results don’t guarantee you’ll conceive quickly or that you won’t experience infertility.

Some causes of infertility are silent. You may not know you have a fertility problem until you simply can’t get pregnant.

Also, fertility takes two. Just because your infertility risk is low doesn’t mean your partner’s risk is low.

Regardless of your symptoms, see your doctor if you don’t get pregnant after one year of trying.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?

You got: You Can Lower Your Risk With Some Changes!

I got You Can Lower Your Risk With Some Changes!. Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?
You can improve your fertility by healthier eating and dropping bad health habits.. andresr / E+ / Getty Images

The good news is you only have one possible symptom or risk factor, or a health habit or two that may negatively impact your fertility. But the great news is you can likely take action and win back your fertility!

Did you know that obesity is a common cause of decreased fertility? Even being slightly overweight has been shown to reduce fertility.

If you struggle with weight, please see your doctor. Some hormonal imbalances can cause weight gain and make losing weight more difficult.

(Did you know that being underweight can cause fertility problems as well? As can excessive exercise or extreme dieting.)

I’m sure you already know that smoking, drinking, and drugs are bad for your health. But did you know they harm fertility? Drop those bad habits, and you may be able to reverse whatever fertility damage has been done.

If you don’t get pregnant after one year of trying, please go see your doctor – regardless of your symptoms or habits. Something more may be going on.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?

You got: Your Fertility May Be at Risk.

I got Your Fertility May Be at Risk.. Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?
If you have worrisome symptoms, talk to your doctor now. Don't wait.. PhotoAlto/Laurence Mouton / Getty Images

It looks like you have one or a few suspicious symptoms or infertility risks. Perhaps your periods are a tad irregular or you suffer from bad menstrual cramps.

Maybe you’re 35 years or older, a time of natural fertility decline in women. Maybe you have some bad fertility health habits, a chronic health condition, or a family history of reproductive disorders.

The good news is that these things by themselves may not cause infertility. The bad news is that, well, they might...

Usually, couples are told to see their doctor if they don’t get pregnant after one year of trying (or after 6 months, if you’re age 35 or older.) But if you’re having worrisome symptoms, you should go talk to your doctor now.

Hopefully some basic fertility testing will come back fine, and you’ll go on to conceive on your own. If the test results aren’t so good, you will have reached out for help earlier than most. Your odds of fertility treatment success might be better because of your proactive attitude!

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?

You got: Your Fertility Is at Risk.

I got Your Fertility Is at Risk.. Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?
If you have symptoms of infertility, or you have been trying to conceive for a year, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.. BraunS / E+ / Getty Images

You either have at least one major risk factor for infertility, or you have several symptoms or risk factors.

Regardless of which describes you best, your fertility is likely at risk. If you haven’t spoken to your doctor about your symptoms, now is the time to do so.

Even without symptoms, a couple should seek help if they don't get pregnant after one year or trying (or six months, if you’re 35 years or older.)

Not getting pregnant after one year of trying is a major fertility risk factor, even when everything else looks normal (from the outside.)

What could be the harm in waiting? You may be wasting valuable time. Some causes of infertility worsen with time, like endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and age-related infertility

In the meantime, while you wait for your appointment, educate yourself! Get familiar with basic fertility testing and treatment options, and learn what lifestyle changes you can make to improve your odds for pregnancy success.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?

You got: Your Infertility Risk Is Significantly High.

I got Your Infertility Risk Is Significantly High.. Is Your Fertility at Risk? Or Could You Be Infertile?
There is a lot of reason for hope.. Juan Paulo Gutierrez / Moment / Getty Images

You have at least one major risk factor for infertility PLUS at least one more major risk factor and/or several worrisome symptoms. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you probably already know you’re at risk for infertility.

Perhaps you took the quiz just for confirmation. (I confirm: you’re very likely going to have fertility problems. This is not a dream.)

Or, maybe you didn’t know. Maybe you’re even in a little bit of denial.

Here’s the best news: the vast majority of couples who face infertility will eventually become parents.

Having a high risk for infertility does not say anything about your odds for fertility treatment success. That will depend on a number of factors, including what is causing your fertility problems.

Educate yourself, advocate for yourself, and make sure you get the care you deserve.

And while I know it’s hard to imagine right now, whether or not you become a parent, there is life beyond infertility. Don’t ever, ever forget that.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

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