If you're hoping to get pregnant,
you might wonder about your fertility and whether you can improve it.
Some factors might be beyond your control, such as medical issues that affect the ability to conceive.
Female fertility is a woman's ability to conceive a biological child.
You and your partner might question your fertility if you’ve been trying to get pregnant with frequent, unprotected sex for at least one year — or at least six months if you’re older than 35 — with no success.
Various medical issues can contribute to female fertility problems, including:
- Ovulation disorders, which affect the release of eggs from the ovaries. These include hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome, hyperprolactinemia and thyroid problems (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism).
- Uterine or cervical abnormalities, such as polyps or fibroids in the uterus.
- Fallopian tube damage or blockage, which is often caused by pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Endometriosis, which occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus.
- Primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause), which occurs when the ovaries stop working and menstruation ends before age 40.
- Pelvic adhesions — bands of scar tissue that bind organs after pelvic infection, appendicitis, or abdominal or pelvic surgery.
- Medical conditions associated with the absence of menstruation, such as poorly controlled diabetes, celiac disease and some autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
Age also plays a role. Delaying pregnancy can decrease the likelihood that you’ll be able to conceive. A decline in the quantity and quality of your eggs with age makes it harder to conceive.
If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant and you’re concerned about the impact of your lifestyle choices on your fertility, consult our KoreMe specialist. He can help you identify ways to improve your fertility and boost your chances of getting pregnant.
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