Many years ago, infertility used to be considered solely a woman’s issue. But now we know that about 10 percent of people of childbearing age – both men and women – suffer from fertility problems when trying to conceive a baby.
Among infertile couples, men have a fertility issue in one-third of them, women have the issue in another third, and the cause cannot be identified in the other third. Even younger people can have problems with fertility.
Let’s explore some of the facts about infertility.
How Common Is Infertility in Young Couples?
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), healthy couples who are under age 30 are indeed able to conceive a child about 40 to 60 percent of the time within 3 months of trying.
However, fertility levels always decline as people get older. Women are much less fertile in their 30s than they are in their 20s, and the chances of getting pregnant greatly decreases past the age of 35. A male’s fertility also wanes with age, but the decline happens much more slowly.
Infertility can affect any couple at any age. Up to 15 percent of young couples are unable to conceive at all after many years of trying. Approximately 10 percent of couples have not produced a live-born baby after 2 years of trying.
Interestingly, 7 percent of women in their early 20s are infertile, while 9 percent of women in their late twenties are infertile.
Health Factors that Can Affect Infertility
There are many reasons why a young man or woman might be infertile, and all are health-related. Some of those conditions are particular to men and some to women. Lifestyle can be an issue that affects the fertility levels of one or both partners.
A few of the most common health-related causes of infertility are as follows:
- Being overweight or underweight
- Exposure to environmental toxins
- Drugs and excessive alcohol consumption
- Cigarette smoking
- Cancer treatments (e.g., chemotherapy or radiation)
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Do not attempt self-diagnosis. In other words, if you’re a smoker, do not think that just quitting will allow you to conceive; correcting a single issue is rarely the magic bullet. A professional must diagnose you to determine the precise cause so the issue can be treated.
Trusted Urologist in the Charlotte Area
A couple should not blindly accept the notion that they’ll conceive if they just keep trying for years. If there’s a problem conceiving after about 2 years of trying, see a doctor for help. A skilled doctor will diagnose your condition and recommend treatment.
Dr. Richard Natale is a board-certified urologist who will discuss the issues of infertility that may be affecting you and your partner. Dr. Natale specializes in treating everything from erectile dysfunction to low testosterone levels to Peyronie’s disease.
To schedule an appointment, please call us today at (704) 786-5131. You can also fill out our appointment request form online. We look forward to serving you.