There are several common female infertility causes that you should know about. If you are trying to have a baby, you may have found that it is taking some time.
Often there is not much cause for concern as most women take up to twelve months to conceive, but if the wait is causing you stress and anxiety, you should definitely find out what the common causes of infertility are and get checked out so that you can either put your mind at ease or rely on your doctor to help you fix the problem.
What is the main cause of female infertility?
Most of the causes of infertility have to do with ovulation. Without eggs to fertilise, there can be no pregnancy. If something is stopping a woman from ovulating, or from ovulating successfully, then pregnancy will not happen.
- Polycistic Ovacian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)
This syndrome is another very common cause of infertility in women. POI is when a woman’s ovaries stop working and producing eggs before she is forty. After forty, it would be known as menopause.
- Blocked fallopian tubes
Fallopian tubes can become blocked and so will lead to the egg not being delivered to the right place. They can become blocked from endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, physical problems with the uterus and uterine fibroids.
Causes of the above syndromes and problems
There are several things which could lead to any one of the above syndromes. Of course, sometimes, no matter what the individual does, the syndrome will still occur. It is best, however, to keep in mind that the following things may be causes.
- Excessive drinking
- Unhealthy diet and lifestyle
- Stress and anxiety
- Being underweight
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Athletic training
- Hormonal imbalance
What to do if you think you may be infertile
If you have been trying to have a child for twelve months or more with no results, then there may be something wrong. You should visit your doctor and have a full examination to find what could be stopping you from conceiving.
Your doctor will first check for the aforementioned infertility problems and will try to fix the problem. There is no need to panic or stress as most problems can be fixed.
If you are just starting out in trying to get pregnant
If you and your partner have decided to start trying to have a baby, there are several things you should do before you begin. Firstly, you should make sure that you are living the healthiest possible lifestyle.
Do not drink excessively, stop smoking, eat healthily and get regular exercise. The next thing to do is to visit your doctor and inform him or her of your decision. Your doctor will then want to do a full examination of you to ensure that everything is healthy and that you can begin to try for a baby.
You will have a breast examination, you will have an internal examination, a pap smear and a general health check up. If your doctor finds anything wrong, he or she will take steps to help you fix the problem and will prescribe you any medication that is necessary for you to be as healthy as possible.
You will also be told which vitamins you should be taking and what kind of diet you should be eating. Your doctor will very likely prescribe folic acid for you to start taking even before you are pregnant. Make sure you follow the doctors instructions carefully throughout the time you are trying to have a baby and once you are pregnant.
Another good idea when you are trying to get pregnant is to monitor your ovulation cycle. There are several devices that you can use to find out when you are ovulating by using your saliva.