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Symptoms of Infertility

Lori Ramsey


The first obvious symptom of infertility is the inability to conceive. Unfortunately, most women or men won't discover their infertility until they have tried unsuccessfully to conceive for a period of time. Usually, it takes many tests and exams to come to the conclusion of an infertility diagnosis, but there are a few symptoms to be on the lookout for.

The absence of the menstrual bleeding, along with a negative pregnancy test may be one sign. If you go for months with little to no bleeding, this is a classic sign that something isn't right. This could be the result of anovulation (not ovulating), PCOS, or LUFS.

Pain in the pelvic area is another sign of infertility. This could be indicative of endometriosis, PCOS, fibroid tumors or infection.

Low basal body temperature may also indicate an infertility problem. Low basal body temperature during the first half of your cycle could be indicative of too high estrogen, or a hypo-active thyroid. Low basal body temperature during the last half of your cycle is indicative of low progesterone.

High basal body temperatures in the first half of the cycle are indicative of low estrogen or hyper-active thyroid.

If your basal body temperature that doesn't shift upwards, this is indicative of anovulation.

If your luteal phase is less than 10 days, a luteal phase defect is most likely present. This is the time from ovulation to menstruation. This time has to be at least 10 days in order for a pregnancy to occur. The cause is low progesterone, and can easily be treated.

Fertile quality cervical fluid is important around the time of ovulation. Without it, the sperm will not reach the egg. Possible causes are hormonal imbalances, such as low estrogen.

Unfortunately for men there are no symptoms of infertility other than impotence. A man usually finds out he's infertile when a semen analysis is performed.

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sarah Aug 5, 2010 05:51:13 AM ET

I am almost 16 and i havent had my period since the beginning of febuary and i really dont want this to affect me ability of concieving when i'm older it's really scaring me because i really want children in the future ( not for about 10 years) i need some peace of mind someone help me

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Bunny Jul 13, 2010 07:53:12 AM ET

I have been trying for 4 years now and still no good. i am on a regular menstraution and my partner already confirmed that he's ok. i am afraid that i am the one who has a problem. i haven't tried consulting a doctor about this. i am only 26 and will that be possible at this age to know if i have a problem? thank you for your replies..

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Whitney Dec 11, 2009 08:22:19 AM ET

I been trying for 2 years now and nothing its sad 2 have have the thought that you might cant conceive

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me too Nov 17, 2009 07:24:49 PM ET

You should definitely see your doctor. it could so simple! you would be surprised. obviously, what you're doing is not working. go figure out what's wrong because chances are it's an easy fix. good luck.

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michelle biltoft Apr 14, 2009 09:18:07 PM ET

I have been trying to conceive for 5 years, took many p test and theyt all say neg. its heartbreaking. you kinda fel alone in the world at times, not to mention when u see people pergo and they dont want a sad. we keep trying. time will tell

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tracy dawson Feb 16, 2009 11:20:52 PM ET

I have been trying to conceive a child for like almost four years now and still no luck. i have went months without my period when i was in teenage years but since i hit adulthood it comes regularly but i still cant conceive a child. im scared to go to the doctor to see if im infertile because that will just break my heart.

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