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What Factors Put Me More at Risk for Infertility?

There are rarely signs or symptoms of infertility, which is why consistent checkups with an OB-GYN are so important. Early detection of a problem is one of the most efficient ways to combat infertility and achieve successful pregnancy outcomes later.

Although there are oftentimes no warning signs for infertility, there are certain known factors that can put you more at risk, including age, weight, presence of STDs, smoking and alcohol consumption, premature ovarian failure, endometriosis, and poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. This list of factors can seem overwhelming, but many are within your control and preventable. For instance, women with a BMI greater than 30 are significantly more likely to have a difficult time getting pregnant, and are more prone to miscarriages than women with a BMI of less than 30. Just like with most aspects of your health, there are steps you can take to improve your fertility health. Losing weight, refraining from smoking and excessive alcohol use and getting regular exams are all things you can do to better your chances of being able to conceive. If your infertility stems from something you cannot control, such as endometriosis, there are many different treatment options that will greatly increase your chances of conception.

About our Sponsor

Robin Poe-Zeigler, MD, FACOG

Dr. Robin’s journey in medicine came about due to the death of her beloved mother in 1982 as a result of breast cancer. She had an overwhelming desire to work with women battling cancer. Between her 1st and 2nd years of medical school, she was awarded a cancer research project in surgical oncology.

After completing her OB/GYN residency in 1993, Dr. Robin was awarded a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the world renowned Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1995 after completing her fellowship she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and joined The Midwest Center for Reproductive Health where she established a Donor Egg Program. Then due to climate incompatibilities, she returned to Virginia in 1996 and in 1997 "on a wing and a prayer ", she opened The New Hope center for Reproductive Medicine.