Infertility Factors

LIFESTYLE. Many of the risk factors for both male and female infertility are identical. Our goal at the LIV Fertility Center in Puerto Vallarta is to spring you back to life — as a new chapter of your life begins. Our board certified reproductive endocrinology specialists, as well as an experienced team of embryologists, nurses, medical assistants and administrative personnel focus on helping you overcome female and male infertility.

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Common Infertility Factors

Weight

Being overweight or obese reduces both male and female fertility. In women, being overweight can affect ovulation. Being underweight can also have an impact on fertility, particularly for women, who will not ovulate if they are severely underweight.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

There are several STIs that can cause infertility. For example, chlamydia can damage the fallopian tubes in women, and cause swelling and tenderness of the scrotum (the pouch containing the testes) in men.

Smoking

As well as affecting your general and long-term health, smoking can also adversely affect fertility. Read more information about quitting smoking.

Occupational and environmental factors

Exposure to certain pesticides, metals and solvents can affect fertility in both men and women.

Stress

If either you or your partner are stressed, it may affect your relationship. Stress can contribute to a loss of libido (sex drive), which in turn can reduce the frequency of sexual intercourse. Severe stress may also affect female ovulation and limit sperm production.

Risk Factors for Women

The following are factors which can affect your ability to ovulate, conceive, or carry a pregnancy to term:

  • Age
  • Excessive, or very low, body fat can affect ovulation and fertility
  • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hyper or hypothyroidism, lupus, arthritis, hypertension, or asthma—tell your doctor about prescription medicines that you are currently taking
  • Abnormal pap smears which have resulted in treatment such as cryosurgery or cone biopsy
  • Hormonal imbalance including irregular, unpredictable cycles, excessive facial hair, or acne on face, chest, abdomen
  • Multiple miscarriages, including two or more early pregnancy losses

Risk Factors for Men

The following are factors may affect a man’s ability to get a woman pregnant:

  • Exposure to toxic substances or hazards on the job, such as lead, cadmium, mercury, ethylene oxide, vinyl chloride, radioactivity, and x-rays
  • Cigarette or marijuana smoke, heavy alcohol consumption
  • Prescription drugs for ulcers or psoriasis
  • Exposure of the genitals to elevated temperatures — hot baths, whirlpools, steam rooms
  • Hernia repair
  • Genital infection
  • Mumps after puberty

The LIV Lifeline

Regardless of your situation, our leading infertility specialists work closely with you to develop a personalized fertility treatment plan. We offer intended parents a unique fertility lifeline — and are creating a unique vision for the everlasting dream of parenthood. LIV reimagines, refines and redefines each and every aspect of reproductive medicine.