Infertility can be a heart wrenching problem for a woman to have to deal with. Struggling to conceive can cause lots of emotional turmoil for the couple, and can be hard to overcome. There are many signs that a person could be infertile and unable to successfully achieve a pregnancy through the normal means. Here are some signs of female infertility some women encounter when they are unable to get pregnant.
1. Abnormal Periods
Most women have a period every 21-34 days that lasts about 5-7 days, and is not overly painful and does not contain heavy bleeding. If you notice that your cycles are never predictable in length or duration and are often heavy (soaking a pad every hour), then you might have issues with infertility. Irregular or abnormal periods often signal a problem with normal ovulation.
2. Absence of a Period
Not having a period at all can be normal when you have just had a baby and haven’t yet seen the return of fertility due to breast feeding. But, if you are a woman in her childbearing years and you are not breast feeding, then the absence of a period is not considered normal for most women. Normally when you are not having a regular period that means that you are also not ovulating, this is necessary to conceive a child.
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3. Painful Periods
Having your period should not be an overly painful experience. Most women experience some cramping on the first few days of their periods, but they can cope with the pain or use pain relieving methods to reduce the pain they feel. If these pain relief methods do not work for you and you find yourself suffering from immensely painful cramping, back pain and pelvic pain then you may also suffer from infertility.
4. Hormonal Imbalance
Our hormones rely on a delicate balance in order for the systems in our body to run smoothly. If you notice that you have an increase in acne, an increase in facial hair, weight gain, mood changes, a decrease in your desire to have sex or thinning of your hair it would be worth booking an appointment with your health provider to look deeper into what may have caused these changes. If your hormonal system is off balance then it could be very hard to conceive a child.
5. Painful Sex
Sex is supposed to be an incredibly pleasurable experience for women. If you notice that you have pain during sex or pain following sex, this could be a sign that you have some issues going on inside. Things like endometriosis and ovarian cysts can cause pain during sex, and they can also create problems when it comes to fertility. If you have pain during or after sex please seek help from your health provider to see what the root cause is.
If you notice any of the signs above it could mean that you could have trouble conceiving a child. If you have been trying to get pregnant but aren’t and have some of the signs listed above, it would be worth booking in to see your health provider to try to figure out what the cause is. It can be common for healthy couples to take 6 months to a year to conceive, but this isn’t always the case.