Infertility, also known as sub-fertility is a common issue that affects many individuals trying to conceive. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of trying for couples. However, not all couples who are struggling to conceive are infertile, and not all cases of infertility have obvious signs or symptoms. Let’s discuss some of the signs and symptoms of infertility and what you can do if you are doubting your ability to conceive.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Infertility
- Irregular or absent menstrual cycles: A woman’s menstrual cycle is a good indicator of her reproductive health. Irregular cycles are a sign that the woman isn’t ovulating
- Painful periods: Painful periods, also known as dysmenorrhea, can be a sign of an underlying condition that is affecting fertility, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids.
- Hormonal imbalances: Hormonal imbalances can cause a range of symptoms, such as acne, weight gain, and excessive hair growth, which can be a sign of infertility.
- Abnormal semen analysis: Male factor infertility is a common cause of infertility, and a semen analysis can help identify any issues with sperm quality or quantity.
- Recurrent miscarriages: Recurrent miscarriages, or the loss of two or more pregnancies in a row, can be a sign of underlying infertility issues.
What should I do if I suspect I’m infertile?
If you suspect you may be infertile, the first step is to schedule an appointment with us. Our doctors will instruct you with specific guidance and order diagnostic tests, such as blood tests, ultrasounds, or semen analysis, to determine if there are any underlying issues that are affecting your fertility.
If infertility is diagnosed, there are several treatment options available, including fertility drugs, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Your fertility doctor can help determine which treatment option is right for you based on your individual circumstances.
It’s important to remember that infertility is a common issue that affects many people, and there is no shame in seeking help. With the right treatment and support, many couples and individuals are able to overcome infertility and start a family.
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