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You May Not Be Able To Get Pregnant If You Notice These Signs In Your Body As A Mature Woman

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 6.1 million American women between the ages of 15 and 44 have trouble getting pregnant or keeping their babies alive (CDC). Infertility in women is typically characterized as the failure to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual activity, according to Dr. Sherry A. Ross, a women's health specialist and the author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. According to the CDC, 12 months becomes six for women who are 35 or older.

There are a few fertility warning signs to watch out for that may suggest that you may experience difficulties conceiving. The choice of what to do next, however, will only be made by you and your OB/GYN.

1. Unusual Cycles

Eventually, your periods can start to vary, which might render you infertile. Throughout high school, I battled anorexia, which prevented me from having my period for a number of months. I paid attention when my doctor advised me to start eating frequently or risk losing the ability to become pregnant. Then it ended. Dr. Ross also suggests keeping an eye out for a history of irregular periods. They imply that you are not ovulating consistently, which would make it challenging for you to conceive naturally, in her opinion. Thyroid problems and other hormonal conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), can make getting pregnant more difficult.

2. A Past History Of Excruciating Cramps And/Or Prolonged, Heavy Cycles

Menstrual cramps can range from mild to moderate for some women, but severe cramps can be a sign of endometriosis. In actuality, the condition has pelvic pain as its main symptom in addition to significant bleeding and discomfort during or after intercourse. According to the Mayo Clinic, endometriosis is sometimes initially identified in women who seek treatment for infertility. Dr. Ross claims that endometriosis happens when tissue that normally borders the uterus is found elsewhere.

3. Previous or ongoing STDs

You are already aware of how important safe sex is for avoiding STIs and infertility issues. Pelvic inflammatory condition (PID), according to Dr. Ross, is a common pelvic disease brought on by STIs such gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. "Any of these STIs may cause serious and protracted reproductive problems, such as persistent pelvic pain and infertility.

4. Chronic Conditions

Examples of chronic diseases and/or disorders that may increase a person's risk of infertility include diabetes, periodontal disease, and cancer. Among the medications that are available to them are insulin and antidepressants. In a similar vein, discuss with your doctor how radiation therapy can influence your fertility if it was used to treat your cancer and it was done close to your reproductive organs.

5. High Rates of Miscarriage

Repeated miscarriages may be related to infertility. 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriages, according to Verywell. Only 1% of women will experience three consecutive miscarriages, but if a woman has two or more losses in a row, there is cause for concern. The Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago further points out that compared to fertile women, women with a history of infertility frequently experience higher miscarriage rates.

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