5 Symptoms of Infertility in Women
Many women and men dream with creating a family and having children throughout their lives. However, if a couple has been trying to conceive for a year without success, it’s best to have a closer look and assess possible problems that may be affecting fertility.
Infertility is becoming increasingly common all over the world, affecting 1 in 6 couples in the UK. Ahead of an initial consultation with the fertility specialist, here are 5 symptoms that may be indicators of infertility among women:
1. Irregular period
The average woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days. However every woman is different. This means, a few days variation on either side can be considered normal, as long it is consistent. For example, if a cycle lasts 33 days one moth, 31 the next and 32 the next can be considered having ‘normal’ periods.
However, if the number of days varies drastically month to month, to a level where there is no estimate when the next period will start, it is considered as having irregular periods. The reasons may vary – from hormonal issues to PCOS – but further investigation is crucial as it could affect fertility.
2. Heavy periods
Vaginal bleeding during periods should ideally be a moderate flow. If there is a very heavy or very little flow, it could be a sign that there is no ovulation. Keep track of the flow on a monthly basis. If you notice consistently heavy bleeding, please do get yourself checked up.
3. Absence of periods
If you notice that your periods have stopped inexplicably for an extended period (over a month past your normal date), it could signal that you are not ovulating. While factors like stress or heavy exercise could affect the occasional period, an extended time without periods is a sign that you need to meet your doctor.
4. Symptoms of hormone fluctuations
Any signs of fluctuations in hormones should be treated as potential indicators of fertility problems. Symptoms of hormonal fluctuations could include:
- Appearance of acne and other skin issues
- Reduced sex drive
- Increased facial hair growth
- Falling or thinning hair
- Weight gain
5. Pain during sex
Painful sex is not normal. It could be a symptom of an underlying problem such as hormonal issues or endometriosis among others. Fertility can be affected by these factors and further investigation is advised.
If you have any of these symptoms, consider doing a Fertility Wellness Check where you will go through a few investigations and have an understanding of possible factors affecting your fertility.
In many cases, infertility can be treated with the right treatment and procedures. Detecting it early can increase your changes of successful pregnancy. At IVF London we provide a wide range of fertility treatments and can help you achieve your dream of creating a family.