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Question: I'm a 34yr old woman with no children; I exercise, eat pretty healthy and get my annual exams. I'm getting married next yr and I want to have children. My question is about 10yrs ago I had my right ovary removed and have had 1 miscarriage. Every doctor I've seen has told me that I should have no problem conceiving, but I'm concerned because of my age and having only having 1 ovary. Is there anything I should be doing now to increase my chances of conceiving??? Thanks

Answer: The best thing that any woman can do to increase her chances of fertility is to limit the number of sexual partners that she has in her lifetime. That's because one of the most common causes of infertility is tubal damage from sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Using a condom every time a woman has sex will help to keep her pelvis and fallopian tubes healthy. Since you are preparing to get married, I assume that you and your fiancÚ are monogamous. And you only need one ovary to conceive. I would suggest that you plan to start your family soon after the wedding. Relax and enjoy the process. I had 3 of my children after the age of 34, so relax, think positively and enjoy the process. --Dr. Hilda

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