Many of us imagine the future – what our baby’s nursery will look like or when our firstborn will learn how to walk. We certainly know what we want - but in order to get it, we need to gather facts so our dreams can transpire into reality.
One issue that we should really question is our body’s fertility. For starters, there are several variables that can make it either easy or difficult to conceive. As an example, some of us might have problems like endometriosis, but we may feel unsure as to how that will influence our outcome.
To help you find out if you’re infertile, we’ve created a list of seven signs so you can better understand your situation.
You have a fertility related diagnosis
Unfortunately, some women suffer with conditions that can negatively influence the child-birthing years. One of these is called endometriosis, when the uterine lining grows in places that it shouldn’t, such as your fallopian tubes. This can cause scarring which makes it difficult for the egg to pass through the tubes. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is another common fertility-related diagnosis and is one of the most common causes of female infertility. PCOS interrupts the hormones in your body, which causes women to miss menstrual periods.
It’s normal to have irregular periods during your teenage years when your body is adjusting itself. But if irregular periods follow you into adulthood, you might have a problem. Some women only get their period here and there – they never know when the next one will come. This can indicate ovulation-related fertility problems. Other women’s cycles can be incredibly long or short, which means that it’s time to see a doctor.
Many women suffer from severe cramps, which can be an indication of infertility. If your menstrual cramps interfere with your lifestyle then you could have an underlying issue such as pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. Medical issues like this can be signs of infertility.
Older than age 35
Age also plays a big role in infertility. For some, it becomes especially difficult after age 35 to conceive. As you age it also becomes more likely that you’ll have a miscarriage or have a baby with congenital disabilities. If you’re getting nervous about your age then it’s definitely time to see a specialist.
You use certain medications
Many of us suffer from health problems that require medication. The problem with this is that sometimes medications like insulin and antidepressants can contribute to infertility. And don’t forget about the diseases themselves. Untreated periodontal disease or celiac disease can also contribute to infertility.
Whether you’re overweight or underweight, you have a higher chance of being infertile. If you are obese then it’s likely that your doctor will tell you to drop some weight to increase your chances of ovulation. On the flipside, you’ll be told to gain some weight if your BMI is too low.
A history of STDS
It’s important that you’re tested for STDs on a regular basis, especially when it comes to your fertility. This is because illnesses like chlamydia and gonorrhoea can interfere with your fallopian tubes. It’s important to note that STDs often don’t exhibit symptoms in women, so if you have any doubts you should see a doctor straight away.
You smoke and drink alcohol heavily
It’s no secret that smoking can wreak havoc on your body, but have you ever considered its influence on a woman’s fertility? Heed this warning about smoking: it can age your ovaries much faster than what’s regular. As an aside, excessive alcohol consumption decreases the success of IVF treatment.
The issue of infertility can be highly stressful and is unique to each person who experiences it. If you’re feeling stressed out then extend your communication to a doctor who can better educate you about your personal experience.
You should also remind yourself to take the issue one day at a time. It doesn’t help to stress out about the future, but it does help to focus on the current moment and what you can do at that time.