What are Some of the Common Causes of Infertility in Women?
Infertility is a condition that impacts one out of every eight couples. It is simply defined as the inability to become pregnant on your own after trying for one year. For women over age 35, that time period is reduced to six months. Infertility is a medical issue that has a number of common causes. Some women may be impacted by only one factor where other women may have a number of concerns. Identifying and then addressing the root cause of the infertility is the best way to successfully treat the issue so that you may start a family.
Common Causes of Infertility in Women
- Ovulation Issues – Once per cycle, a fertile woman releases a mature egg that is ready to be fertilized. Issues with ovulation include not ovulating regularly and the complete absence of ovulation. One way to know if ovulation issues are a problem for you is to monitor your monthly cycle. If your cycles are irregular, you likely are not ovulating properly.
- Hormone Issues – Hormones are critical to a woman’s reproductive health. Hormone levels indicate when eggs should be matured, when they should ovulate, and how a woman’s body prepares for pregnancy. Hormone levels that are outside of normal ranges are indicative of a problem. One of the most common hormonal issues in women is PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Egg Supply Issues – Women are born with all of the eggs they will have. As a woman ages, her supply naturally decreases as does the egg quality. Women who have a low reserve of eggs or who have issues with egg quality will have difficulty conceiving. Another issue that can cause egg supply concerns is premature menopause and premature ovarian sufficiency. In both cases, a woman’s body has ceased reproductive performance at an early age.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways infertility can be addressed. The process begins with understanding the root cause of the concern. Diagnostic tests can provide this insight and allow doctors to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.
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