Infertility is defined by how long you have been trying to conceive without any success. If you have been trying for one year without success, or for six months if you are 35 or older, then your doctor will diagnose you as being infertile.
Even before your doctor can give his diagnosis, here are some potential signs of infertility problem that you should look out for:
- Irregular Menstrual Cycle
An irregular menstrual cycle can be a red flag for infertility problems and may indicate an ovulation problem. If your cycles are unusually short (less than 24 days) or long (more than 35 days), speak to your doctor about it. If you don’t get your periods at all, seek an appointment with your doctor immediately. PCOS, thyroid dysfunction, low ovarian reserves etc. are some of the many causes of an irregular menstrual cycle.
- Light/Heavy Bleeding or Cramps
Any kind of bleeding that lasts between three to seven days can be considered normal. However, if the bleeding is very light or extremely heavy, you should see your doctor immediately. This could be a sign of an infertility problem. Menstrual cramps that interfere with your daily life can be a symptom of endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease, which can also cause fertility issues.
- Weight issues
Weight can play a big role in a person’s fertility. Being overweight or underweight can lead to trouble in conceiving. Obesity is one of the most common, preventable causes of fertility. Research suggests that losing 5 to 10 percent of your weight can help in ovulation. Talk to your doctor if you have trouble losing extra weight.
- Chronic Diseases
Chronic diseases and their treatment can cause fertility problems. For instance, diabetes, periodontal disease, and hypothyroidism can increase your risk of infertility. Treatments using insulin, antidepressants and thyroid hormones may lead to irregular cycles. If you have a chronic illness, see your doctor about it.
- History of STDs
Sexually transmitted diseases can be an important cause of infertility. Infection or inflammation from diseases can cause blockage of the fallopian tubes. This can make pregnancy either impossible or put a woman at risk for an ectopic pregnancy. In men, if an infection is left untreated, it can lead to scar tissues within the male reproductive tract, making semen transfer ineffective or even impossible. Make sure you get screened for STDs as some of these diseases don’t have noticeable symptoms.
Most of the couples get pregnant within one year of trying. If you have trouble conceiving after one year, make sure you see your doctor about it. Should you notice any of the above signs, talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles to find the best solution to your fertility issues.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.