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Menorah Medical Center

Pregnancy Risk Factors

Menorah Medical Center understands that getting pregnant may require a little help for issues including:

  • Hormonal disorders
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Ovulation disorders
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Previous surgeries
  • Ectopic pregnancies
  • Birth defects

Factors that cause fertility issues and high-risk pregnancies usually fall into one of these categories:

  • Age: older than 35
  • Very high or very low levels of body fat/obesity
  • Excessive exercise
  • Chronic diseases (diabetes, lupus, arthritis, hypertension, asthma)
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Alcohol intake
  • Occupational exposures (high temperatures, toxic substances, chemicals, pesticides, radiation, stress)
  • Previous reproductive system disorders
  • Medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, pain medications, hormones, antibiotics, antidepressants)

After one full year of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, it may be appropriate to discuss your family planning with a fertility specialist at Menorah Medical Center.