For a lot of women out there getting pregnant is the most sacred of wishes. However, this is a very complex process, which is not always straightforward. Many encounter issues, which lead to infertility. There could be many causes for this condition. This article takes an in-depth look at several of them:
- Menstrual cycle problems – one of the reasons for infertility comes in the form of menstrual cycle problems. There are several phases of this process, which serve as preparation for a pregnancy of the female body. If there are any problems during any of the phases, then infertility could follow.
- Ovulation failure – another common problem with infertility lies with ovulation failure. This problem manifests itself in about 40% of all cases of infertility in women. There are many causes for not ovulating, among which the most notable is ovarian gynaecological conditions (polycystic ovary syndrome or primary ovarian insufficiency), disorders of the endocrine gland, such as hypothalamus or thyroid problems and last, but not least, ageing – when a woman’s body sees a notable decrease in egg production.
- Problems of the reproductive system – such type of issues usually have to do with abnormal tissue in the uterus or fallopian tubes. If the tubes are blocked, then eggs cannot get to the uterus from the ovaries; thus sperm cannot fertilise them. Structural problems of the uterus could also be to blame. One such is endometriosis, which is a condition characterised by the presence of tissue in the uterus blocking the fallopian tubes. Surgery, infections or injury in the uterus could lead to scarring, which ups the chance of miscarriage and problematic implantation.
- The eggs do not mature properly – if the eggs do not mature properly, then infertility is a likely cause. The reason for such a condition could be obesity, lack of the specific proteins needed for the eggs to mature or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
- Autoimmune disorders – an autoimmune disorder is one that leads to the body’s immune system attacking tissue that it should normally ignore. There are many such disorders, most notable of which Lupus, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroiditis. All of these could negatively affect fertility. The most likely reason is the inflammation of the uterus they cause or the side effects of the medication needed to treat them.
- Primary Ovary Insufficiency (POI) – when a woman’s ovaries stop the production of eggs and hormones at a very young age, such condition is known as POI. Ovulation is not regular, and the levels of pituitary or ovarian hormones are not normal. Pregnancy is still probable, though the chance for it is slim unless proper medication happens.
- Endometriosis – the endometrium cells, usually found lining the uterine cavity, can sometimes also be found outside of the uterus. This is a condition known as endometriosis. According to research, a large part of women experiencing infertility problems also have endometriosis. The likely problem is that the condition causes pelvic adhesions between the pelvic wall and ovary. On top of that, the chemical changes in the uterus lining could also affect the embryo’s implanting ability.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – although it is last on the list, PCOS actually ranks as one of the most common causes of infertility. It is characterised by the production of extra androgens, which interfere with ovarian follicles development and the process of egg release.
Evidently, there are a lot of causes of infertility in women. It is essential to identify the exact cause and treat it to improve the chance of getting pregnant.
Be sure to consult with The Natural Doctor on the matter to find out more about infertility, possible causes and treatment.
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