It is estimated that 10 percent of women in the United States suffer from fertility problems. In some cases, the cause of infertility cannot be identified. However, many women have a medical condition that prevents them from getting pregnant. The sooner you are diagnosed with and understand your medical condition, the sooner you can start getting treatments and move on with your journey towards motherhood.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition where a woman has an abnormal amount of testosterone. Women who have this condition may also have elevated insulin levels. Absent or irregular periods, excessive hair growth and obesity are some of the signs of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Fortunately, many women with this condition have been able to conceive with the help of ovulating-stimulating medications.
Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus. Pelvic pain, painful intercourse and heavy periods are some of the possible symptoms of endometriosis. Medications and surgery are the standard treatment for endometriosis.
Obesity, which is defined as being 30 percent or more over one’s ideal weight, can impair fertility. Researchers are not sure exactly why obese women are more likely to be infertile. However, they have found that obese women are less likely to ovulate regularly. The good news is that losing as little as 10 pounds can help restore fertility. Although you can treat infertility with medications and treatments, many women go on to fall pregnant naturally after a small amount of weight loss.
It is estimated that eight out of 10 women will suffer from a uterine fibroid at some point in their lives. A fibroid is a noncancerous growth inside of the uterus. Constipation, pelvic pressure, heavy bleeding during periods and prolonged menstrual cycles are some of the possible symptoms of uterine fibroids. Fibroids usually do not cause any problems, but in some cases, they can interfere with fertility. There are medications available to shrink fibroids. However, some women require fibroid removal surgery.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease is a condition where vaginal bacteria spreads to the upper genital tract and uterus. It usually occurs as the result of a sexual transmitted disease. However, IUDS and douching can also cause this condition. Painful intercourse, irregular bleeding and odd smelling vaginal discharge are some of the possible symptoms of this condition. Antibiotics are the standard treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease. In some cases, surgery is recommended. Generally after treatment, women can go on to carry healthy pregnancies.
If you have been trying to conceive for a year or more without any luck, then you may want to see a doctor. There are many different medical conditions that can impair a women’s fertility. When it comes to fertility, knowledge is power. The good news is that these conditions can be treated and fertility can be restored, so it’s best to see a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment as soon as you suspect you may suffer from a fertility impairing condition.