1 in 8 couples have trouble conceiving.  At SIRM St. Louis, you are not alone, and we are here to help.  We typically recommend  women under the age of 35 who have been trying to get pregnant for a year should consult with one of our fertility specialists, also known as reproductive endocrinologists (RE). Women over the age of 35 who have been attempting to conceive for at least 6 months are also recommended to come visit one of our fertility specialists.  Some other signs to watch out for are consecutive miscarriages. It is common for a woman to miscarry, and then continue with a healthy pregnancy.  However, more than two or three consecutive miscarriages could be a sign of infertility.

Factors Affecting Female Infertility

Our fertility specialists are here to help you diagnose your reason for infertility.  Some contributing factors may include:

  • Age
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular or absent periods
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • Ovulation problems
  • Repeated miscarriages
  • Abnormalities of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries
  • Genetic abnormalities

Lifestyle Factors

Some everyday choices can affect fertility. It is crucial to practice proper nutrition as well as routine exercise to help prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy. Overweight women, with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 29, and underweight women, with a BMI less than 19, are potentially at higher risk for experiencing infertility.

When trying to conceive, avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol and recreational drug abuse. Changing these habits will not only improve your chances of conceiving, but also allow for a healthier lifestyle.

There may be a variety of reasons why you may have difficulty conceiving.  Request an appointment today and let us help you achieve your goal of building a family.