Struggling with trying to conceive? Genetic variants — along with environmental factors — play a role in infertility.
The CDC estimates that 12% of women overall in the US have impaired fertility. For women over age 30, that statistic rises to 25%! Your genes may be playing a role in your infertility — and knowing which genetic variants you carry may help you figure out solutions to try.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that causes an increase in androgen hormone production in women. It also increases the risk of infertility. PCOS affects 5 -10% of premenopausal women, and genetics plays a large role in whether you have PCOS.
Dads matter – in conception, pregnancy, and throughout life! It is easy to see how prospective moms need to clean up their diets, exercise, and sleep well before getting pregnant, but recent studies show that a dad's MTHFR variants also affect infertility and miscarriage risk.
Twins tend to ‘run in families’, which is a colloquial way of saying that there is a hereditary component that increases the likelihood of having twins. Check your genetic data (women only :-) to see if you are more likely to have twins.