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In general terms, infertility is the inability to become pregnant after attempting to conceive for one year. For women 35 or older, the amount of time is six months. The term infertility also applies to women who become pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant. About 6.1 million women in the United States experience difficulty either becoming pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. Approximately one-third of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility issues.
Several factors may reduce a woman’s ability to have a baby. Among them: age, smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, stress, poor diet, aggressive athletic training, being underweight or overweight, sexually transmitted infections, and health issues causing hormonal changes.
At WHCPC, our experienced, caring physicians offer expert testing, diagnosis, and family planning counseling. And equally important, our doctors and nurses listen attentively and respond with the proper level of expertise and concern. In addition to our state-of-the-art technologies, we are noted for addressing the individual needs of patients in a warm and caring environment.
If you have difficulty conceiving, we may suggest testing to diagnose the cause (or causes) of your infertility. After testing, your Women’s Health Care physician will advise you of the findings and the options available to you, or we may refer you to a fertility specialist for further treatment.
An infertility treatment option available locally is Boston IVF at The Women’s Hospital. Boston IVF is an enhanced, comprehensive fertility program that features advanced reproductive technology. Talk with your Women’s Health Care physician about this progressive plan of action.