Problems conceiving, part 1

Getting pregnant may seem simple, but the act of conceiving a child can often be very difficult. It involves many bodily functions and systems being in good condition in both the male and the female, all of which must happen in the right sequence and at the right time.

Consider that the average woman of reproductive age only has a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant in any month of trying. And if conditions are hampering male and/or female reproductive systems, the chances are much worse. Infertility – defined as not conceiving after 12 months of having sex on a regular basis with no contraception – affects as many as 1 in 8 couples.

Causes of infertility can range from not timing intercourse properly to being overweight to structural problems with the reproductive organs. Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey’s goal is to find out what factors are causing infertility in a woman or couple and develop a personalized treatment plan to help them achieve pregnancy.

The primary causes of failure to achieve pregnancy fall into three categories: medical issues, lifestyle factors and genetics. Patients can address some of these lifestyle issues themselves, and our reproductive endocrinologists can address most medical conditions.

In this series of blog posts, we will discuss those three categories in more detail, along with a fourth category: unexplained infertility. If you’d like a sneak peek at this series, visit our web site.

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