8 Health Problems That Can Make It Harder To Get Pregnant

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You might be in a phase of life where you're not entirely sure what you want things to look like in the future. What kind of job do you see yourself in long-term? Do you want to live in the city or in a quieter area? Do you want kids someday? While you might not know for sure if you want a child yet, it might be helpful to know what to expect in the event that you or your partner decide to get pregnant. For some folks conceiving a child takes a while. Others might be dealing with health problems that can make it harder to get pregnant. If you're curious about what specific conditions might affect your chances of conceiving, some experts have some advice.

A number of lifestyle choices can affect your fertility, regardless of your gender, Dr. Joshua Hurwitz, board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, tells Bustle. Smoking, for example, is toxic to everyone's reproductive health, he says. A number of uncontrolled medical issues can also cause a problem, so if you're hoping to get pregnant, make sure that you don't ignore any negative health symptoms, but instead visit a doctor if anything seems amiss. If you're taking care of your own body as best you can, you're more likely to conceive, says Dr. Hurwitz, so care for yourself as you're exploring the possibility of pregnancy.

Here are a few health conditions that can affect your chances of getting pregnant, according to experts.