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Doctor insights on: Things That Can Make You Infertile

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What things increase risk of infertility?

What things increase risk of infertility?

Age, STDs, smoking: Women's fertility starts to decrease from the mid 20's, fastest by the 40's. Smoking, stds like chlamydia, endometriosis, ovarian surgery, chemo- or radiotherapy reduce egg numbers & quality. Chlamydia, pid, endometriosis or surgery can block fallopian tubes. Overweight or underweight lowers fertility. For men - testosterone or anabolic steroid use, overweight, heavy alcohol or weed, narcotic use. ...Read more

Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Infertility (Definition)

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What should I do with a friend that has been unsupportive and said hurtful things to me about infertility with my wife and i? Should I just shut him out of my life? He lives far away from me, so it wouldn't be a big deal if I did.

What should I do with a friend that has been unsupportive and said hurtful things to me about infertility with my wife and i?  Should I just shut him out of my life?  He lives far away from me, so it wouldn't be a big deal if I did.

Turn the other cheek: If you care about your friend, then let him know you are hurt and then move on and talk about other things... As in the bible, turn the other cheek... My guess is that he doesn't mean to hurt you ... If he does, he is not your friend. ...Read more

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I wash my vagina w/ water often. The water container I use Has black things in buttom that looks dirt.Can this cause infertility,cancer or infections?

I wash my vagina w/ water often. The water container I use Has black things in buttom that looks dirt.Can this cause infertility,cancer or infections?

No: As you know, you would be better off using clean water. However, what you described is not likely to cause you any harm. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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After effects of other birth controls can include things like hair loss and infertility. Should i just get off it completely?

After effects of other birth controls can include things like hair loss and infertility. Should i just get off it completely?

I don't understand: No method of birth control causes infertility except tubal sterilization. Hair loss is not associated with birth control methods, except very rarely...What are you asking? ...Read more

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Can i be infertile?

Can i be infertile?

Infertility: If you have been having sex for one year and not doing anything to prevent pregnancy, then you are considered infertile. Some couples just take longer to get pregnant, it doesn't mean there is any problem. If the woman is over 35, we recommend testing after 6 month, you don't have to wait a full year. ...Read more

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What causes Infertility?

Basic Infertility: Many different causes contribute to infertility. There are male factors (sperm), ovary factors (the making and releasing of eggs), and factors that interfere with the sperm and egg joining (endometriosis, blockage in the tubes or uterus, etc). There are also less common and unknown factors. A careful evaluation by a GYN specialist can help most couples. ...Read more

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What does infertile mean?

What does infertile mean?

Infertility: Inability to conceive within a year (or 6 months if over 35) after unprotected intercourse. See a fertility specialist if it is taking longer! ...Read more

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Is infertility hereditary?

Possibly: Some forms of infertility are hereditary. For instance some forms of male infertility have genetic components that are automatically passed to male children (y chromosome microdeletions). Endometriosis definitely has a hereditary component. Pcos also runs in families. And fragile x which can affect egg production is hereditary as well. The vast majority of time infertility is not hereditary. ...Read more

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What can cause infertility?

What can cause infertility?

Multiple: At age 44 many women are infertile due to having higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities in their eggs. This is a normal aging process in women. Males over 40 also have slightly higher rates of infertility due to age but age affects females much more. Other causes are blocked tubes, pcos, endometriosis and medical issues such as obesity and thyroid disease. ...Read more

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What does infertility mean?

What does infertility mean?

It depends: For younger women (younger than 35), we can use the traditional definition of 1 year or trying to conceive. For women 35-40, 6 months is enough time to consider seeing a specialist for an evaluation. And for women older than 40, it is important to seek help as soon as you are ready! ...Read more

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