It’s a commonly believed notion that if you’re under 35 years of age, are easy and it just happens. However, the reality is entirely different. There are many couples out there who conceive after months and years of trying. And this is something you and your partner may come to experience first-hand too. One of the first areas both of you need to look into early on is fertility. For women, especially, the signs of reproductive health are more visible. There are many ways in which your body could be indicating fertility problems. Let’s look at what they are.
It takes anywhere between a few weeks to a couple of months for your body to regulate the menstrual cycle and bring it back to normal. However, if it’s been three months or more since you’ve gone off the pill and still haven’t had your period, you should see a specialist. Not getting your period is a sign that your body isn’t ovulating, and without ovulation you cannot conceive.
Ideally, bleeding should happen only when it’s your period. If your menstrual date is still far away, but you’re bleeding, it could be due to a cyst, lesion or infection that could get in the way of conception. Visit a doctor immediately and get it checked before any further complications arise.
If you have to change your pad or tampon every two hours or so throughout the day, pass blood clots and bleed for more than a week, it’s a sign of unusually high menstrual flow. Common causes of this are uterine fibroids, bleeding disorders and endocrine abnormalities. All of these can inhibit , but they can also be treated. So, don’t hesitate to discuss this with your doctor.
The most common sign of fertility problems in women is an irregular menstrual cycle. Not knowing when your next period will be, means not knowing when you’ll ovulate. As a result, you could completely miss your fertile window period. Moreover, irregular periods are always a sign of a greater problem. This could be anything ranging from a diminished ovarian reserve to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) to thyroid problems, and could make conception and pregnancy extremely difficult. Make sure you get the right diagnosis, medication and treatment course from a trusted doctor.
While pain in the pelvic region and abdominal cramps during the first two days of your period is normal, if you experience crippling pain throughout the cycle and even during and after sex, it could be a sign of endometriosis. Endometrium is the tissue that lines the uterine cavity where the fertilized egg implants itself. Endometriosis is a disorder in which the tissue gets displaced and grows outside the uterus, causing excruciating pain and infertility. Endometriosis is a prominent cause of infertility in women, and therefore if you experience any abnormal pain in your pelvic region, you should report it to your doctor immediately.
Every reaction your body gives is a sign of what’s going on, in the inside. This is especially true for your reproductive system and menstrual cycles. Be finely tuned into what you’re feeling and how your body is responding, so you can take timely action and improve your chances of conception. Don’t ever hesitate to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor.