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Signs of Infertility in Women

If you’re trying to get pregnant, it can take some time. Even if you’re in perfect health, simple statistics show that some couples try to conceive for longer than they’d like. For other couples, this wait is lengthened by health issues that make pregnancy harder, and for others it makes it close to impossible without medical intervention.

The important thing to remember that is that ‘infertility’ is not a diagnosis, it’s an observation. The NHS defines infertility as “when a couple can’t get pregnant (conceive) despite having regular unprotected sex”. This is something that’s true until a couple get pregnant or stop trying, and the list of conditions that make conception impossible is a lot shorter than the conditions that make it difficult, challenging and mean you might need some help.

So, if you’re looking for signs of infertility, you need to bear in mind that it’s not the end of your journey to getting pregnant. It just means identifying why it’s difficult and finding a potential solution.

Identifying Infertility

According to the official statistics, 84% of couples will conceive within a year of trying through regular, unprotected sex. If you’ve not been successful after a year, it may be that there are some underlying issues that are affecting you and making it harder for you.

If you’ve been trying for three years, your chance of conceiving in the next year is only 25%, and it’s time to talk to a doctor to try and find an underlying cause.

Tracking Cycles

One major way to identify fertility problems is to track your cycle and note the frequency and regularity of ovulation. If you’re not ovulating – ejecting a fertile egg from the ovaries – then you can’t get pregnant, and you need to look into why. If your cycle is irregular, it’s difficult to time your attempts to conceive to when they’ll succeed, which can delay pregnancy. In either case, it’s helpful to start tracking your cycle as soon as you start thinking about children.

One of the best ways to do that is by measuring your basal body temperature – the low temperature your body sinks to when it’s at rest. Deviations in this base temperature can indicate when you’re due to ovulate, and aren’t distorted by irregular hormone surges. It’s the system OvuSense uses and it can predict when you’re due to ovulate with 24 hours notice.

This can give you an important warning for when the best time to try to conceive is, and also alert you if you’re not ovulating on schedule, or if you aren’t at all, which is a strong sign of why you might be experiencing fertility issues.

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit PCOS