- 14. 4. 2017
- Reproductive health
THERE IS NO WAY FOR YOU TO KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE BABIES UNTIL YOU TRY FOR ONE.
THIS IS ONE REASON YOU LEARN ABOUT YOUR FERTILITY VERY LATE IN LIFE AS MOST PREGNANCIES THESE DAYS ARE PLANNED AFTER 30 YEARS OF AGE. IF YOU ARE OVER 35 AND HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR A BABY FOR MORE THAN A YEAR WITHOUT ANY RESULTS, IT IS BEST TO CONTACT AN IVF SPECIALIST.
Therefore there are signs that could indicate that there can be problems in conception:
Abnormal or irregular periods is one sign that can point towards a woman’s infertility. A menstrual cycle that is too long (35 days or more) or too short (21 days or less) could indicate problems with ovulation. Sometimes a healthy diet, exercise and medication can regularise your periods and help you conceive. Here are some aspects leading to amenorrhea, such as underdeveloped sexual organs, problems in the central nervous system, other physiological problems, secondary amenorrhea, gynecological problems, polycystic ovarian syndrome, early menopause, hormonal problems, thyroid malfunction, malfunctioning pituitary gland, treatments and procedures leading to uterine scarfing, lifestyle factors, body weight, stress, hormone deficiency.
There are various medical conditions like endometriosis, PCOS and tubal blockage that can reduce one’s chances of conception drastically. With a condition like endometriosis, where the endometrial walls start to grow outside the uterus rather than inside, it leads to painful menstruation. The cells grow, thicken and break down during every menstrual cycle. Since these disposed tissues have nowhere to go, over a period they get accumulated and form cysts that could obstruct normal function of the ovaries, leading to scarring and adhesions. In PCOS, small fluid-filled cysts are present in the ovaries that can lead to hormonal imbalances and lead to anovulation. In fact, PCOS is a major cause of infertility. Tubal blockage or fallopian tube obstruction is again a prime cause of female infertility. Blocked fallopian tubes are unable to deliver the sperm and ova to the uterus for implantation and so conception becomes difficult. While most of these conditions can be rectified with help of a doctor, the sooner you meet a fertility expert, the better.
Some everyday things that might be affecting fertility
Laptops (keeping a laptop on your thighs), obesity, smoking, use of triclosan soaps and deodorants, tight underwear, low fat dairy foods (women consuming too much of low fat dairy foods are 85% more likelier to have ovulation problems), mobile phones (electromagnetic radiation), sweets (there’s a spike in insulin when you consume sweets, and once the sugar high is gone you feel drained and exhausted. To counter that, our adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol which if stimulated too often can lead to a miscommunication with your endocrine system).
Pelvic inflammatory diseases
These are infections caused due to sexually transmitted diseases that affect the female reproductive organs and affect conception. It can lead to irreversible damages to the ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes and other female reproductive organs. It is better to get tested if you experience any unusual symptoms like painful urination, pain during sex, itching and burning sensation.
About 50-70% of women with PMS have thyroid dysfunction and possibly results in infertility. Since the thyroid hormones regulate cellular functions, abnormal thyroid function affects ovulation and fertility as well. So get your thyroid checked while you are planning a baby.
Women are born with a specific number of eggs, which declines with age – one reason doctors urge women to plan pregnancy early on. After a certain age, it becomes difficult for one to plan pregnancy naturally and might require the help of a fertility expert to get pregnant.