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A 20-year-old female asked:

can herpes reduce fertility? are there any ways to increase my chances of conceiving?

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Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Not typically: Herpes does not reduce fertility, but can be transmitted to newborn during childbirth if mother has active infection during labor. Infertility is defined as at least 1yr of actively trying to conceive without success. If you have not actively tried for a year, then focus on relaxation. You can purchase ovulation predictor kits to inform ideal time to attempt conception.

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