If you have never tried to conceive, you may have never even thought of questioning your fertility. For most women, though, it does not take more than a few months of trying to become pregnant before they start worrying about their reproductive health.
According to WebMD, a woman is considered infertile if she has been unable to conceive after having regular, uninterrupted intercourse for 12 months. Older women may be considered infertile if they have been unable to conceive after trying for six months.
Even if you are not planning on having children any time soon, it is wise to think about your reproductive health, especially if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of infertility. If you are concerned about your ability to conceive, turn to Women’s Pelvic Surgery of North Jersey, LLC.
Dr. Shakiba is a board-certified gynecologist and uro-gynecologist who has performed hundreds of successful robotic assisted surgeries. Call 201-301-2772 to make an appointment.
Read on to learn about some of the possible signs and symptoms of infertility
- Abnormal Periods
Every woman experiences menstruation differently, and in that sense, there is no set standard regarding frequency or duration; however, there is a “normal” for each individual woman. If you suddenly experience abnormal bleeding and your periods are lighter or heavier than usual, it could be a sign that your body is not ovulating regularly.
- Irregular or Missed Periods
If the number of days between each period varies significantly from month to month or you stop menstruating altogether, visit your gynecologist for a thorough examination to determine the reason why.
- Adult Acne and Other Hormonal Issues
Sometimes, female infertility can arise as the result of a hormone imbalance. Thus, the signs and symptoms of such an imbalance can also be indicative of infertility. In addition to adult acne, this includes:
- Changes in libido;
- Thinning hair or hair loss on the head;
- Dark hair growth on the lips, chin, and chest; and
- Weight gain.
- Painful Intercourse
There are dozens of possible causes of painful intercourse. If you experience discomfort on occasion, it could simply be the result of stress; however, if you frequently have painful sex, it could be indicative of a reproductive health issue, and you should schedule an appointment with your gynecologist to determine the cause.
- Nipple Discharge Unrelated to Breastfeeding
Unless you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, experiencing discharge from the nipples is not normal. There are several possible causes of discharge, and only some of them affect fertility; however, others can have serious consequences if left untreated. To determine the cause of your nipple discharge and assess your overall health, make an appointment with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
It is wise to take a proactive approach to treating infertility. Even if you are not planning on trying to conceive anytime soon, it could take several months to determine if you are unable to become pregnant and then another several months to identify and implement the best treatment approach.
To discuss your fertility or reproductive health turn to Women’s Pelvic Surgery of North Jersey, LLC. Call 201-301-2772 to make an appointment.