Although we speak and hear about infertility a lot, infertility isn’t just caused by one particular issue. Infertility can be caused by a number of factors. Today we take a deeper look into some of the causes of infertility in women as the number of people experiencing fertility issues in Ireland and all over the world is on the rise
Ovulation problems occur when eggs do not mature enough or when the ovaries fail to release a mature egg. Ovulation issues are extremely common in women who are experience fertility problems.
Some symptoms of ovulation problems would be; infrequent periods, unuasally light or unusaually heavy periods.
Endometriosis occurs when tissue in the uterus, grows outside of the uterus.
Symptoms of endometriosis can simply be no symtoms at all, others have painful periods or intercourse. Some may experience pelvic pain or unusual spotting. Surgery can be performed on those with endometriosis.
Poor egg quality is another issue that causes infertility. The quality and number of eggs that your ovaries produce naturally declines after the age of 35. There are no symptoms for poor egg quality.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition where small follicles in the ovaries don’t develop into larger more mature follicles that release eggs. It can also be characterised by hormone imbalances. Some of the symptoms of PCOS can be irregular periods, excessive hair growth, acne and obesity. Lifestyle alterations can help people with PCOS. There are also a lot of medicines available now to help treat this.
Tubal factors can also impact your success rate of getting pregnant. Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes prevent sperm from getting to the egg. Even if the egg gets fertilised it can have difficulty reaching the uterus. Some causes of tube problems would be pelvic inflammatory disease and sexually transmitted infections.
Next week we will be discussing the top causes of male infertility.