Infertility is more common than you might think. It may seem as though getting pregnant is easy, but conception and gestation are multi-step processes. Any problem with one or more of the steps can affect your fertility.
Our experienced health experts at Eve Medical of Miami specialize in all aspects of women’s health, from birth control to pregnancy testing. We know the emotional roller coaster you ride when you’re struggling to get pregnant.
But there are many factors that may be causing your infertility. Given our experience and expertise in women’s health, we want to share some of the common causes of infertility in women.
Problems with ovulation
The first step of the pregnancy process is ovulation. To get pregnant, your ovaries must release an egg. Problems with ovulation is one of the most common causes of infertility in women, according to the Office of Women’s Health.
There are many factors that affect a woman’s normal ovulation cycle, including gynecological problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and primary ovarian syndrome (POI).
However, age, lifestyle, and environmental factors may also interfere with ovulation and your menstrual cycle.
Difficulty with getting pregnant may also originate from structural abnormalities in your reproductive organs. When you ovulate, the egg travels down the fallopian tube to meet up with sperm for fertilization.
Any blockages in the fallopian tube, which can be caused by scar tissue from endometriosis, may prevent your egg and sperm from meeting.
Once fertilized, your egg continues its journey through your fallopian tube to your uterus where it implants itself and grows. Structural problems in your uterus may prevent this step in the pregnancy process. Fibroids, polyps, and scar tissue are common causes.
We use ultrasound imaging to evaluate your reproductive organs and look for potential abnormalities that may explain your infertility.
Underlying gynecological condition
Many gynecological conditions affect a woman’s ability to conceive. As noted, conditions like PCOS and POI interfere with normal ovulation, while fibroids may prevent implantation of the fertilized egg into your uterine lining.
Endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or abnormal menstruation may also be causing your infertility.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STD)
STDs are a serious public health issue that can affect anyone. However, the health consequences are more severe in women. Untreated STDs are a common cause of infertility, and certain STDs may also increase your risk of developing cervical cancer.
Whether you’re struggling with infertility or not, STD testing and treatment is essential for your general health and wellness. We offer private, confidential, nonjudgmental STD testing at our practice.
Though women carry much of the guilt when it comes to infertility, men also have health issues that may make it harder for a couple to conceive. When looking for the cause of your infertility, your partner’s health is an important part of the puzzle that needs to be investigated.
If you’re among the one out of every 10 women who struggle with infertility, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get pregnant. We can help you figure out what’s going and provide the care you need.
Contact us today by calling our office in Miami, Florida, or requesting an appointment here on the website.