Common Infertility Symptoms for Women
As you toss the negative pregnancy test into the bathroom trash for yet another month, you try to ignore that nagging thought in the back of your mind. The thought has been there a few months already, and each month, it is getting louder. Maybe it’s right. Maybe you do have a problem with your fertility.
There are a few symptoms of infertility that are common for women. Most are indicators of a condition or conditions that can be affecting your fertility. If you think you might be experiencing any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor or consult with a fertility specialist.
The first symptom most infertile women experience is irregular periods. You should menstruate at least once every 28 to 35 days. During this time, most women release a mature egg, clinically referred to as ovulation. An irregular cycle may indicate that there is a problem with regular ovulation or, in some cases, no ovulation at all.
Another common symptom of infertility is reflected in the flow type and cramping associated with a woman’s monthly cycle. Watch for bleeding that changes in color or intensity month-to-month, is extremely light or heavy or is accompanied by severe menstrual cramps. Each of these symptoms can be an indication of different conditions that contribute to a fertility problem.
Successive miscarriages are a common indication of infertility. That is not to say that all women who experience a miscarriage are having a fertility issue. Miscarriages occur in 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies. However, doctors consider three successive miscarriages a good indicator of infertility and recommend that a woman come in for a fertility workup to determine the cause.
Other contributors to infertility have no regular symptoms, but their presence in your health history could be a factor. These include being overweight or underweight, exercising excessively or eating a poor diet. Some chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypothyroidism and their related medications can cause irregular cycles and anovulation (no ovulation). Also, women with cancer who have been treated with radiation near reproductive organs may also be infertile as a result. Being over 35 years old can also hinder a woman’s fertility. Additionally, drinking and smoking or a history of STDs that cause fallopian tube damage can affect a woman’s fertility.
If any of these symptoms is familiar to you, or you have a history of any of the other contributors to infertility, you should make an appointment with a fertility specialist to have a fertility workup. After your diagnosis, you will have a consultation to discuss your treatment options.
The good news is that most causes of infertility can be treated. Many infertile women have been getting pregnant using common fertility treatments with success rates better than any other time in history.
Dr. Daniel Potter
Location: Fullerton & Newport Beach
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