Causes of infertility

Recognizing the Causes of Infertility

Infertility is characterized by the inability to become pregnant after a year of unprotected sex if you are younger than 35 or after six months if you’re older. If you are experiencing infertility, there could be an issue with the your egg production, hormone levels, or immune or reproductive system. Treatment is imperative for conception, but first you have to figure out the cause. Here’s a look at some of the possible causes of infertility.

Fibroids

These are fairly common benign pieces of tissue that sprout around and inside your uterus. Sometimes they are too tiny to affect fertility, but they can affect it when growths have increased significantly or obstructs your fallopian tubes or uterus. This usually restricts implantation, and surgery is recommended.

Maternal age

Advanced maternal age refers to women who are older than 35. You’re born with about 2 million eggs, but these ovarian reserves decrease as you age. The quality of your eggs also can deteriorate as you age, which could make fertilization and implantation difficult.

Endometriosis

This occurs when the lining of your uterus grows in areas outside your uterus and creates hostile scar tissue. The tissue can form in your fallopian tubes or ovaries, which could disrupt egg release and fertilization.

Ovulation concerns

You’ll need to be ovulating regularly to conceive. Ovulation could be affected if you are over- or underweight, have diminished egg quantity, or have thyroid issues. Ovulation problems also can occur if menstruation temporarily stops or is irregular.

Polycystic ovary syndrome

This is mainly caused by hormonal imbalances, and is one of the primary causes of infertility. If your ovaries are polycystic, they may be bilaterally enlarged and have little cysts. You also could have excess androgens in your bloodstream, which can disrupt regular ovulation and affect conception.

Extended use of birth control

The extended used of synthetic hormones in birth control pills and devices can delay the regulation of your natural menstrual cycle after you stop using them. These hormonal imbalances can affect ovulation, which in turn impedes conception.

Xenohormones

These are unnatural substances found in your environment that can lead to excess estrogen and depleted progesterone in your blood. These are found in plastics, emulsifiers, non-organic meat, fungicides, pesticides and herbicides. They are usually absorbed via dermatological contact, ingestion, or inhalation. Hormonal imbalances resulting here would affect menstruation, ovulation and conception.

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