Common Causes of Fertility Problems in Women

Common Causes of Fertility Problems in Women

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. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

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.

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, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
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)