05 April, 2017

Know about the symptoms of infertility and its causes!

Infertility is a condition that affects approximately 1 out of 6 couples. Female infertility is the inability to conceive (despite frequent intercourse) for over one year. Among all the factors, infertility among women accounts for nearly one-third of all infertility cases. It can be a cause of worry for women over the age of forty who are trying to conceive, but suspect themselves to be displaying the symptoms of infertility.

At KIMS Cuddles, we believe that information about this issue is your most valuable tool.

Symptoms of infertility

One of the most conclusive signs of infertility is that you are unable to get pregnant, despite having unprotected sex for more than six months and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Apart from that, here are some other visible symptoms of infertility:

  1. Changes in menstrual and ovulation cycles may be one of the main symptoms of infertility. A menstrual cycle that is too long (more than 35 days), too short (less than 21 days) or irregular, might indicate that you are not ovulating.
  1. Lack of periods (amenorrhea) indicate a problem with the female reproductive organs. Girls who haven’t begun menstruation despite reaching puberty and women who have missed at least three menstrual periods in a row are said to have amenorrhea.
  1. Dysmenorrhea refers to painful periods, with cramps and pelvic discomfort every month during your cycle. It doesn’t, or rarely responds to over the counter (OTC) pain medication.
  1. Changes in skin tone, dark hair growth on the lips, chest or chin; loss of hair and weight gain might indicate a hormonal problem which causes female infertility.
  1. Pain or discomfort during intercourse, unusual discharge or soreness in the vaginal area, and milky white discharge from the nipples (unrelated to breastfeeding).

Causes of infertility

Infertility in women is caused due to various reasons such as problems in ovulation, damage to fallopian tubes or uterus, or even the woman’s age. Let us look at some of the causes:

  1. Ovulation disorders – Ovulating infrequently or not at all, accounts for infertility in 1 out of 4 infertile couples. Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can cause hormonal imbalance, which affects ovulation. It is the most common cause of female infertility.
  1. When the delicate balance between oestrogen and progesterone is disturbed by damage to hypothalamus or pituitary glands, it leads to hormonal imbalance. Infertility in such case is diagnosed by blood or urine test to measure the quantity of hormones circulated in the body.
  1. Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes prevent the sperm from reaching the egg or block the passage of fertilized egg into the uterus. The damage may be caused due to Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and other preventable sexually transmittable diseases (STDs), previous surgery in the abdomen or pelvis, and Pelvic tuberculosis.
  1. Endometriosis can also cause infertility symptoms. It occurs when tissue that normally grows in the uterus implants and grows in other places. This may cause blockage in the fallopian tube.
  1. A previous ectopic pregnancy (where implantation has taken place on the walls of the fallopian tubes instead of the uterine walls) is another cause for female infertility.

Our team of doctors at KIMS Cuddles works with you, right from conception to postnatal care to ensure a safe mother and baby. We specialize in infertility treatment and provide a range of treatment options that cater to all kinds of infertility problems. The result is that you get one of the highest rates of success with us.


*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance.


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01 February, 2018

7 Fertility mistakes every couple makes

When trying to conceive for the first time, couples often make certain mistakes that delay conception. Here are 7 common fertility mistakes every couple makes and ways to improve your chances to get pregnant: Timing Typically, women have a 28-day cycle, which means ovulation generally happens around day 14. However, it isn’t guaranteed that every woman goes through the same. Individual cycles vary and you may have one that’s shorter or longer. In order to figure out the exact date of your ovulation, you can count back 14 days from the day you started your period. Seeing an expert to soon Most women under 35 take up to a year to get pregnant. If you’re feeling frustrated after trying for 6 or 7 months, and don’t have any underlying health problem, it is better to wait it out. Almost 80% of healthy couples get pregnant within a year. If you’re over 35, see an expert after six months of trying. Waiting too long to see an expert Sometimes, there are exceptions to the one-year-wait rule. If your cycle is shorter than 25 days or longer than 35 days, if your periods are painful or heavy, or you’ve experienced a pelvic infection in the past, see a doctor sooner to get everything checked.
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15 February, 2018

5 Ways your Home may be causing your infertility

Sometimes, despite having no apparent health problems, you may find yourself dealing with infertility. It may be worthwhile to take a closer look at certain external factors that may be the reason behind your inability to conceive. One of them is the home you live in. Here are 5 things in your home that may be the reason behind your infertility: Soaps Antibacterial soap may be expert at eliminating germs, but it may also have an effect on your chances of conceiving. Apart from these, certain shampoos, dishwashing liquids, and certain toothpaste may contain triclosan – a chemical linked to the endocrine disruption that may play havoc with your hormones and interfere with your reproductive system. In men, triclosan can reduce sperm count. Make sure your household soaps are free from this substance. Canned Goods Hard plastics and those used to make microwave-safe food containers and water bottles may contain a chemical known as BPA or bisphenol A. It can also be found in the linings of aluminum cans. According to research, high levels of BPA in men’s urine can lower their sperm count. Even in women, those with twice as much BPA in their bloodstream had half as many viable eggs. Research has shown a link between BPA levels and polycystic ovary syndrome. Avoid
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19 February, 2018

5 Facts about smoking and infertility

Smoking is injurious to your health. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall well-being. If you’re a smoker, you probably know that it can affect your fertility. In order to improve your chances of conceiving, it is important to quit smoking. Here are 5 facts about smoking and infertility that you should know: Smoking can cause infertility Those who smoke are more likely to have fertility problems than non-smokers. If you’ve been smoking for many years or smoke many cigarettes per day, you are at an increased risk for fertility problems. Smoking spreads more than 7000 chemicals throughout your entire body and organs. This can cause fertility problems, such as : Problems with ovulation Genetic problems Damage to your reproductive organs Damage to eggs or premature menopause Increased risk of cancer and miscarriage When smokers take fertility treatments, they tend to take longer to get pregnant. They are also likely to give birth to babies with health problems. Secondhand smoke can affect your fertility If your partner is a smoker and you’re trying to get pregnant, encourage them to stop smoking. Secondhand smoke may expose you to toxic chemicals that affect your fertility. Experts say that secondhand smoke is as damaging to your fertility as smoking
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