If you suspect you’re infertile, take a deep breath. There is hope that you and your partner will conceive. In fact, almost half of all couples who seek infertility treatment will later conceive without the assistance of a surrogate. The more information you have, the better you can manage and solve infertility issues. The first step in learning how to treat your infertility is to discern why you may be infertile.
Infertility General Information
If you and your partner are under 35 and have not been able to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sex, one or both of you may be infertile. If you and your partner are above the age of 35 and have tried for six months to conceive, and have been unsuccessful, one or both of you may be infertile.
4 Causes of Infertility in Women
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
When you have PCOS, cysts grow on your ovaries. Ovaries produce and store your eggs. The presence of cysts can stop your egg production and cause your menstrual cycle to be irregular. In severe cases of PCOS, you may not experience a menstrual cycle at all. However, some women with PCOS have been known to conceive.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that should only grow inside your uterus also grows outside of it. When this happens, the endometrial tissues can disrupt how your ovaries and uterus function.
Your thyroid impacts your brain, heart, and bones. It sends important hormones into your bloodstream. Therefore, when your thyroid malfunctions and produces excessive or underwhelming amounts of hormones, your menstrual cycle may become irregular. When your menstrual cycle is irregular, you can struggle to conceive.
Cancer treatment exposes you to radiation. Radiation that occurs over or near your lower abdomen or uterus can dramatically reduce your egg count. Your eggs are produced in your ovaries. If your ovaries are exposed to radiation frequently, thier cells begin to die and their ability to produce eggs decreases, causing infertility.
Craig Ranch OBGYN Offers Infertility Services and Treatment
If the first step to conception is confirming that you’re infertile and its cause(s), then the second step is treatment. When you seek out infertility treatment, it’s in your best interest to speak with an obstetrician who has years of experience helping couples bear children. We at Craig Ranch OBGYN understand that learning why you’re infertile is strenuous and confusing, so we aim to keep you as comfortable and informed as possible. To schedule an infertility diagnosis appointment, call 214-544-6600.