Female Fertility Issues Explained

Female Fertility Problems Explained

Posted on 16. Jan, 2012 by in Conceiving, Doctor's Visits, Pregnancy Education

There’s nothing more frustrating than not becoming pregnant when you want to be. Perhaps you and your partner are in the early stages of trying to conceive and you’re on the hunt for information and explanations as to why it’s not happening as quickly as you’d like it to.

Or maybe you and your partner have been trying for a year, or two, or three, or more to have a baby and you’ve now decided to start seeking help and information as to why things haven’t progressed according to your plan.

For the females, there are five major fertility-related problems as to why you may not be getting pregnant. We’ll discuss the male fertility issues in the next post.

Ovulation Problems

No two women ovulate the same, therefore, every female comes into their menstrual and ovulation cycle at different times throughout the month.

Menstrual cycles have the ability to change, and they often do. Some months you may ovulate around the same time while other months, your period comes a week or two early. Your body goes through many changes throughout your lifetime and things like your weight and your emotional state can (and often do) intercept your menstrual and ovulation cycle and steer it off its normal course.

You could also simply not be ovulating or ovulating rather erratically and thus not getting pregnant.

Treatment for ovulation problems ranges from medication to getting yourself in shape.

Endometriosis

This is when cells from the lining of the uterus grow or spread to areas outside the uterus. This can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and fertility problems.

Treatment usually includes surgery or IVF.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is when a woman’s hormones are out of balance. Causes are usually genetic since it tends to be passed down either from the mother’s or father’s side.

Treatment often includes adopting a healthier lifestyle, IVF, or fertility medication.

Fallopian Tube Issues

Fallopian tubes can become blocked or damaged from a result of an ectopic pregnancy, surgery, or pelvic inflammatory disease. Any blockage in your fallopian tubes could prevent sperm from reaching your egg.

Generally, because problems with a woman’s fallopian tubes can easily go unnoticed, it could be that you won’t even know there’s a problem in that area of your body until you try to conceive.

Treatment can range from surgery to IVF treatments.

Uterine Problems

These can include a tipped uterus, polyps, or fibroids. Any problems or irritations of the uterus can cause a fertilized egg to not be able to attach itself to the uterine walls and grow properly.

Treatment normally includes medication to help shrink fibroids or surgery to remove any abnormal growths on the uterus and its walls or lining.

→        The above symptoms are not meant to diagnose any fertility problems you and your partner may be experiencing.

→        Always do your own research both online and offline to educate yourself about any symptoms you may be experiencing that you think could be effecting your chances of becoming pregnant.

→        Bring your questions and concerns to your doctor or OB-GYN and go over them in-depth to find any conditions that may be interfering with your chances of conceiving.

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About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and website content manager specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.

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