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Causes of Infertility in Women

If you’re having trouble conceiving when you want to, you’ll likely be dispirited, depressed and distressed. Infertility can feel like an all-consuming condition, a personal failure, and something you will never overcome, physically or psychologically. It’s important to remember that it’s not the end of the road, nor is it even a diagnosis, in the same way that you might be diagnosed with an infection. The NHS describes infertility as “when a couple can't get pregnant (conceive) despite having regular unprotected sex”, noting that 84% of couples get pregnant in the first year in this way. It’s a simple observation, rather than a diagnosis in itself, and that observation will be challenged if and when you successfully conceive.

The first thing you need to think about are the causes of infertility in women (and indeed in men, but it’s women we focus on here). When you know what could be causing your own fertility issues, you can try to address the problem, boost your fertility and give yourself a better chance at getting pregnant. Even if you’re not successful, a better understanding of your own body leaves you feeling less bewildered and let down.

Ovulation Issues

You can only get pregnant when viable sperm meet a mature, fertile egg that has been ejected from the ovaries in the part of the menstrual cycle called ‘ovulation’. Unfortunately, there are plenty of health conditions that can impede the process by which this egg is matured and ejected.

PCOS is one of the most significant conditions – known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, in full, it causes an excess of androgen, one of the male sex hormones, which restricts the growth of those eggs. Some thyroid conditions can have a similar effect, which is to delay or even prevent ovulation altogether.

If you experience difficulties with infrequent and irregular ovulation, then OvuSense can help, by tracking your ovulation in the most accurate way possible, using your basal body temperature and providing predictions that give you the best chance of getting pregnant.

Age

It is a sad truth that with age your fertility declines. The NHS’ current advice indicates that your chances of conceiving simply through regular unprotected sex decline significantly after the age of 35. It doesn’t make it impossible, but the difficulty and attendant health risks of pregnancy and birth do increase with age.

Lifestyle Choices

Your body needs the right nutrients coming in from your diet in order to follow its processes regularly. If you’re following an unhealthy diet that deprives your reproductive system of key vitamins, minerals and other nutrients it won’t be able to follow a regular and frequent menstrual cycle!

Talking with your doctor or fertility specialist about changes to your diet and lifestyle might help you find a way to boost your chances of pregnancy – whether it’s by kickstarting more regular ovulation or by improving the health of your eggs so they remain viable long enough to encounter sperm in the fallopian tubes and stand a chance of being fertilised.

Whatever may be affecting your fertility, it’s always worth your while to remember that your situation is specific and individual to you, and you can always profit from learning more about it.