Symptoms of Infertility
Symptoms of infertility often go unnoticed until women are actually trying to conceive. And considering that the maternal age at delivery of the first child is rising, many women find out that they are infertile when it is already too late to reverse the problem. For that reason every woman should know symptoms of infertility even if she is not planning to get pregnant in the near future in order to receive proper treatment while there is still time. Miracles do happen and women who were told that they will never be able to conceive sometimes give birth to a completely healthy baby but they are the exception rather than the rule.
Unfortunately, infertility often does not cause any early warning signs and thus you may not be aware that you have fertility problems until you do not seek medical advice for not being able to conceive. But infertility is often a complication of conditions which do cause symptoms which reveal that something is wrong. And by knowing their symptoms, you can seek medical attention early enough to prevent the underlying condition from advancing to the stage at which there is no return. They do not always indicate a fertility problem, however, it is better to rule it out than doing nothing about it.
Abnormal menstrual cycle is one of the main symptoms of infertility. You are highly recommended to make an appointment at your doctor as soon as possible if your menstrual cycles are shorter than 24 days or longer from 35 days. These menstrual cycle abnormalities can signal an ovulation problem which directly interferes with your efforts to conceive because your ovaries need to release an egg to be able to conceive in the first place. Furthermore, abnormal menstrual cycle length makes it very difficult to predict the ovulation which is usually about the day 14 after the last menstrual period in a normal cycle which lasts about 28 days.
In addition to the length of your menstrual cycles, you should also pay attention to extremely severe menstrual bleeding or cramping. They can indicate endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) both of which can cause infertility if left untreated.
Another red flag are recurrent miscarriages. A single miscarriage does not necessarily mean anything because it happens even when everything seems normal but a history of recurrent miscarriages can be a sign that you are unable to provide a healthy environment for a normal fetal growth and development.
Watch for the symptoms mentioned above and take care of your health and weight because both overweight and underweight can interfere with your efforts to conceive. Eat a healthy and nutritional rich diet and be adequately physically active. This will not only increase your chances to get pregnant when you will decide to give it a try but it will also help you reduce the risk of a number of weight-related health problems. But if you notice any of the mentioned infertility signs or other worrisome symptoms, see your doctor immediately.
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