According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7.3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 suffer from in-fertility, which is defined as the inability to get pregnant after six to 12 months of trying.
And while a woman's increasing age is the most familiar reason for this condition — more and more women are waiting to have children — researchers are discovering that there are new and once-unconsidered factors at play.
And men are not exempt from this pregnancy problem, as one-third of infertility issues stem from the male partner.
Here are some of the latest findings and what doctors say you can do in response to them.
1. Move in moderation and watch your weight.
2. Cut back on caffeine.
3. Go gluten-free.
4. Avoid mercury.
5. Trim the fat.
6. Know your body.
7. Follow the sun.
8. Take charge and talk to your doctor.
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready
by Mary Kittel and Deborah Metzger
-- Many women today dream of having it all-a challenging career, a satisfying personal life, a loving mate, and a baby whenever they're ready.
But there's no denying the fact that their biological clocks are ticking away.
The odds of conceiving drop by 15 to 20 percent for a woman in her early 30's and plummet to less than 50 percent when she's in her 40's.
The good news is that there are a host of natural strategies every would-be mom can use today to preserve and optimize her fertility, so that she can conceive quickly and easily when she's ready.
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