You may not have been able to conceive a child. In this case, you need to consult doctors, as tests could show that you are suffering from reduced fertility. But before you do, let us list a few things that could indicate that a problem is preventing you from becoming a mom.
- Your Age
As you advance in age, your ability to conceive declines, and the number of eggs you have decreases.
- After 30, your fertility begins to decline from 3 to 5% every year.
- After 40, you will see a much bigger decline.
- Your Monthly Cycle
- A very heavy or very light flow is considered an indicator of an irregular cycle, as is light bleeding over a long period of time.
- Heavy, unfamiliar cramps occurring during your cycle is another sign of impaired fertility.
Before you consult your doctor, monitor how heavy your period is, how long it lasts and the symptoms that accompany it.
- Certain Illnesses
- Type II diabetes or hyperthyroidism: Fuzz appears on your skin, acne, spots… and your BMI increases above 30. This negatively affects your ability to conceive.
- Hypothyroidism, adrenal failure or anaemia: Your body is releasing anti-pregnancy substances.
Inflammation of the pelvis, ovaries, tubes or uterus could lead to a decline in your ability to get pregnant. This is because:
- It blocks the fallopian tubes.
- It negatively affects the production of oocytes.
- It prevents fertilization.
- Bad Habits
- Smoking: It disrupts your hormone balance and reduces fertility.
- Following a diet lacking in nutrients and iron: This leads to a decline in fertility. It causes you problems like anaemia and type II diabetes.
- Stress: It could prevent you from getting pregnant, especially if it’s accompanied by troubled sleep.
- Congenital Abnormalities
Your decline in fertility could be the result of congenital abnormalities in your womb:
- A division of the uterine lining in two.
- An abnormally positioned uterus.
- Twisted fallopian tubes.
Visit to the Doctor
In these cases, you need:
- A thyroid examination.
- A test of your blood sugar level after eating.
- A test of your milk hormone level.
- A blood test to confirm that you do not suffer from anaemia.
- A pelvic ultrasound to detect any deformity or lack thereof.