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Signs of Infertility

When to Watch

Though many women might not readily recognize them as something to be taken seriously, signs of infertility should never be dismissed. Among the most common signs of infertility is, naturally, an inability to conceive after a certain length of time. That length of time largely depends on a woman’s age, as the production of healthy eggs decreases with time. For women in their early 30s or younger, it is common to wait at least a year before a lack of conception is considered cause for alarm. Women between the ages of 35 and 40, however, may need to discuss infertility treatments with a urogynecologist after six months of unsuccessful attempts; and women older than 40 may need to consider fertility tests and treatment options immediately.

What the Indications Show

While signs of infertility may not always be present before a woman makes her first attempts at successful pregnancy, some of the most common indicators that she may be unable to conceive include having a history of painful periods or having a history of menstrual cycles that are too short, too long, or completely absent. Women who have endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroid uterus, or a history of miscarriages are also at risk for infertility, as are those who have received treatment for cancer.

Why Are You Failing?

Signs of infertility can also be indicators of other medical conditions, including a failure to ovulate. Most often, ovulation failure is caused by hormonal imbalances; scarred ovaries; premature menopause; and a failure to produce functional egg follicles. Other risk factors for infertility include:

  • Dysfunctional fallopian tubes
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Smoking
  • Improper diet and exercise, which may cause a woman to be either over or underweight
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Exposure to lead, radiation, or chemicals such as ethylene oxide and those found in pesticides

Defining the cause of infertility is, of course, crucial in determining treatment options, so the advice of a specialist should always be sought if any symptoms have arisen or if any preexisting conditions are present.

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