How Do I Know I’m Infertile?

You’ve been trying for months and months for pregnancy and conception just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. “Am I doing something wrong?” you ask yourself. Unfortunately, you’re not alone. More than 6.1 million women in the United States between 15 and 44 have trouble conceiving or staying pregnant. Being unable to conceive can leave you feeling frustrated, disappointed, and helpless. Understanding your infertility and the causes behind it can help you take proper actions to treat and amend the issue. Here are some signs to help you identify potential fertility issues.


Irregular Period

The average woman’s menstrual cycle is around 28 days and anything within a few days of that, on either side, is considered normal. Even if the amount of time fluctuates from month to month, anything within that span is still considered a normal menstrual cycle. However, if you can’t even begin to guess when your next period will strike, it could be a sign of fertility issues.

Irregular periods could be the result of increased stress in your life. Doctors recommend seeking emotional support, practicing yoga, and cutting down on your caffeine intake. You may even want to consider a fertility massage to release your stress. All of these things could help to reduce your stress levels, potentially returning your period to its regular cycle.


Painful Period

Very painful periods could also be an indicator of fertility issues. Painful periods are a common symptom of endometriosis which could be the source of your infertility. Endometriosis is a reproductive disease where the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus. Scar tissue and adhesions formed by endometriosis could be preventing pregnancy.

For a more in depth information at what your period should and should not look like, check out our blog, The “Perfect” Period.


No Period

Missing a period every now and then isn’t cause for concern but if you haven’t had a period in a few months, it may be a sign of fertility issues. Anovulation, or a lack of ovulation, is one of the leading causes of a missing period. If a woman isn’t ovulating, then it is difficult to conceive. Treatments for anovulation include hormone stimulating medications like clomiphene and human menopausal gonadotropins.

Your missing period could also be linked to polycystic ovary syndrome. It can be difficult to diagnose because there is no definitive test to diagnose it. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to help restore your period to its regular cycle.


Hormone Fluctuations

A woman’s hormones create a delicate ecosystem within the reproductive organs. Hormones play a part in ovulation, libido, the menstrual cycle, and egg development - it’s important that your body has a balanced level of hormones. If your hormones are out of whack it could result in symptoms like breast tenderness, weight gain, cystic acne, migraines, severe PMS, and early puberty.

In order to prevent hormone fluctuations, doctors recommend maintaining a healthy weight, eating organic foods, and consider a fertility cleanse. These can help regulate the hormones that control fertility.

These symptoms are usually indicative of a fertility problem. While it’s not a certainty, you should still consult your fertility specialist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

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