Fertility

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Fertility

Fertility is the ability to have children, without the need for medical intervention. Women who are 35 years of age or younger should talk to their health care provider if they do not conceive within a year. Women over 35 years of age should talk to their health care provider if they do not conceive within 6 months. Men's fertility also decreases with age.

Trying to become pregnant may take time and this can have an emotional impact. All partners should discuss fertility issues with their health care provider.

Some facts:

  • It becomes more difficult for many women and men 35 years and over to achieve a pregnancy.
  • Women 35 years and over may have a more difficult pregnancy and birth. They may also have greater risks of medical problems during pregnancy. The baby may also be born with health problems.
  • The quality of sperm also declines with age. Health problems may also increase.
  • Even though there are fertility treatments available to assist with getting pregnant, such as in vitro fertilization, the success of treatment also declines with age. Some fertility services are covered in Ontario through OHIP.

Live a healthy lifestyle, and help to protect your fertility.

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