Infertility Symptoms: 4 Signs
on Aug 06, 2012
by Prabha Sahgal, MD
What are the symptoms of infertility? And find out how the key female hormones play a role in woman's fertility.
Women’s infertility is, and has always been, a topic of wide interest. So, it is important for us women to be aware and well informed about this. Firstly, however, I would like to break the myth that only women older than 30 are the ones facing this problem. Studies show that 7% of women aged between 20 and 24 suffer from infertility, as 9% of women aged between 25 and 29 have the same problem, and the number increases to 15% for women aged between 30 and 34. Therefore, according to these studies, age is not the only factor responsible for women’s infertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
However, the issue still stands. How do we recognize the signs of infertility in women? What are the symptoms of infertility in women? The most visible signs are:
But these symptoms are not necessarily signs of infertility. More significant ones are: the imbalance of luteinizing hormone, the progesterone imbalance, and the follicle stimulating hormone. But now another question arises, what are these hormones and how are they responsible of a woman’s fertility?
Luteinizing hormone has an important role in ovulation. The anterior pituitary gland is responsible for its secretion, and once produced this hormone, stimulated by the hypothalamus, which is a gland located in the brain, helps the reproduction process. As a result, a deficiency of LH could raise serious problems for a woman who wants to become pregnant.
The progesterone is produced by the ovaries, and is responsible for our regulated menstrual cycle, embryogenesis and pregnancy. As a result, a lack of progesterone or a low secretion of it in the ovaries results in less thickened uterus wall during conception, which in the end determines a miscarriage.
Its deficiency not only can cause infertility, but can also cause Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, obesity and hirsutism. This hormone is responsible for both pubertal maturation process and the reproductive processes of our bodies. Again, the deficiency of the follicle stimulating hormone affects the ovarian follicles in the ovary, and as a result the fertility of a woman.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself, if you have been trying to conceive for some time and failed.
Discuss your answers to these questions with your doctor, and you will certainly find out if you really have infertility related problems.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.