Common Causes of Fertility Problems in Women

on Sep 07, 2012

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Find out the top fertility problems affecting both men and women and what you can do to overcome them to get pregnant fast.

It can be heartbreaking for a couple looking to bring a baby into the world to find out their attempts are fruitless. However, it should be acknowledged that they could be dealing with specific fertility problems that can be treated if addressed properly and immediately. These issues could affect both men and women, due to a number of causes arising from general health problems, such as thyroid disorders and diabetes, genetic predisposition, environmental stress and toxins, and even idiopathic causes. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The 4 most common problems related to fertility are as follows:

Underlying medical disorders

Underlying medical disorders related to the female reproductive system are a common cause of infertility. For instance, polycystic ovarian syndrome is the most frequent condition affecting women of reproductive age. It has a negative influence on the ability to conceive because it leads to irregular and few menstrual cycles, and therefore irregular ovulation, or even worse, lack of cycle (amenorrhea) and lack of ovulation altogether. Other medical-related problems include:

endometriosis, whose symptoms worsen with the menstrual cycle, leading to the cells from the inner lining of the uterus to turn up outside the uterine cavity and causing fibrous adhesion;

fallopian tube damage, blockage or ligation, fungi and infections, all causing impaired female fertility.

Non-medical causes

There are also a number of non-medical factors leading to female hormonal imbalance. Age-related factors, such as advanced maternal age could be the issue, in the absence of a diagnosed medical problem. Female fertility decreases after the age of 35, when only few eggs are released, making the miracle of conceiving more difficult. Most women choose to put work first and decide to embrace motherhood after building a solid career. Procrastinating the moment to conceive until they are professionally accomplished can take its toll on female fertility.

Male disorders

In one third of all cases of infertility, the problem is caused by the male. These may be caused by disorders related to the male reproductive system. These disorders include the low quality of the semen, low semen count and reduced motility of the sperm.

Fertility problems affecting both sexes

The most common factors that lead to impaired fertility and which can affect either sex are exposure to environmental toxins and air pollution (pesticides, insecticides, harmful xenoestrogens), immunity disorders, stress, smoking, obesity, the presence of viruses, fungi and bacteria which can prevent the implantation of the fertilized eggs.

It is of utmost importance to pinpoint the exact cause of impaired fertility, and expert advice and proper treatment should be sought. Dealing with these problems increases your chances of conceiving and carrying the pregnancy to term, and decreases the possibility of suffering a miscarriage or having an ectopic pregnancy, when the fertilized egg is attached outside the uterine cavity.

If your path leads you down the road to fertility treatments of fertility drugs, there is always the added silver lining of having a greater likelihood of having twins, or hitting 2 birds with 1 stone!

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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  • toya123

    I’m only 23, married, and have been trying to have a baby for 2 years! I have had some fertility tests ran on me and they all say that I’m fine. What can possibly be wrong?

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Several factors need to to be look upon into to determine the cause of your inability to conceive. To increase the chances of pregnancy, a couple must know the most suitable time for intercourse in order to conceive. To give yourself the best chance for conception, have sex during your ovulation. Moreover, for having a healthy pregnancy, a woman must follow healthy lifestyle habits such as guidelines for weight and stress management, which include following a well-balanced diet. A balanced diet helps manage the proper production of hormones and therefore, it is beneficial for both man and woman. Additionally, stress management is crucial to ensure pregnancy. A woman, who wants to get pregnant, needs to be in a relaxed state of mind as that ensures the best fertility conditions for conception. Breathing techniques can be practiced to shun stress or negative thoughts. Best of luck!

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Several factors may come into play when trying to conceive. It is not only fertility that is important but the timing and frequency of intercourse during ovulation period is also a big factor in getting pregnant. Note that it is important to lessen caffeine intake and avoid smoking, drinking and using recreational drugs in order to make conception easier. Maintaining an ideal body weight maintaining good health through proper diet and exercise can also contribute to ease in getting pregnant.

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