According to a study on the infertility rate in India, it is estimated that nearly 27.5 million couples who are actively trying to conceive suffer from infertility. What many don’t realize is that couples ages 29-33 with normal functioning reproductive systems only have a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month. The reasons for this may be attributed to stress, changes in lifestyle, eating habits, health problems, among others.
If you think you may want to have children in the future, here are some warning signs of infertility that you shouldn’t ignore:
Common Signs of Infertility in a Woman
- Irregular Menstural Cycle: While the menstrual cycle varies between women, irregular periods can contribute to infertility. Irregular menstrual cycles are a sign of ovulation disorder. Consider tracking your menstrual cycle to help you identify patterns or changes early on. This will also be helpful in case you ever seek guidance from a physician, as he or she will inquire about your medical history.
If you experience short periods or two periods in a month, it indicates low ovarian reserve and Low AMH(Anti Mullerian Hormones). AMH levels help show how many potential egg cells a woman has left.
- Hormonal Imbalance: This is one of the other common signs of infertility in women that often go unnoticed. It is also an early warning sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can lead to difficulty getting pregnant. Hormonal imbalance can cause fertility issues, and some of the signs of hormonal imbalance include reduced sex drive, excessive body hair, neck swelling, unexplained weight loss/gain, severe acne, etc.
- Painful Periods: We’re not talking about normal cramping here. But, severe pain that stops you in your tracks and even causes nausea or vomiting. Alone this may not be a sign of infertility, but combined with other symptoms like blood in the urine or during bowel movements, or irregular periods, can be signs of endometriosis or fibroids.
- Pain During Intercourse: There have been instances where some women have experienced pain during intercourse their entire lives. While some might attribute it to being normal, it is not the case. In many instances, pain during intercourse is an underlying sign of medical conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, infections, or developmental disorders. If these are not treated, it could affect reproductive health. Thus, pain during intercourse needs to be evaluated thoroughly, as at times it can be a sign of underlying disorder.
- Obesity: This causes a hormonal imbalance that could affect a woman’s fertility. Women who are obese have difficulty conceiving, plus they have a higher health risk during pregnancy, which leads to poor pregnancy outcomes. Tuberculosis and excessive weight loss can also cause fertility issues in women. When you are underweight, it affects the hormone production, i.e. your ovaries produce less estrogen than necessary, which has an impact on ovulation.
Other warning signs that can affect include past cancers or chronic illnesses, history of a sexually transmitted disease or illness, poor lifestyle habits such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, and exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace.
Ways to Improve Fertility
There are many natural ways to increase fertility. Starting from making healthy lifestyle choices, having a balanced and nutritional diet, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity, among others. A fertility evaluation can also help find out female infertility causes. For health or genetic conditions, you need to seek professional help. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is another option for couples struggling with infertility.
Those struggling to conceive need to look out for common signs of infertility, as this would help you determine the underlying cause for it. Once diagnosed, seeking appropriate treatment would help solve fertility issues. One can always opt for IUI, IVF treatment, ICSI, surrogacy, among others. This can help make your dreams of having a baby come true. To learn more get in touch with the specialists at Aaradhya Fertility Centre. Call us on 8886592229.