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What increases my risk for infertility?

There are many reasons why couples experience infertility. Age may be a factor, a low sperm count, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, defects in ovulation, etc.

Research shows that not getting pregnant is very stressful but probably does not cause infertility. If stress is keeping you from having intercourse, it may be playing a role. Often an occasional delay in ovulation leading to a delayed period can be due to stress or another life event. However, there are also many other causes, and seeing a doctor is a good idea.

Your doctor will investigate the potential causes of your infertility. It is recommended that women under age 35 see a fertility specialist after a year of trying to conceive. Women age 35 and above should see a fertility specialist after trying to conceive for six months.

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