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Does Infertility Have Symptoms?

by Katlyn Joy | June 11, 2014 4:37 PM
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Infertility is not an uncommon problem. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6.1 million women in the US have infertility issues. That's approximately 10 percent of women of childbearing age.

However, infertility isn't a woman's problem; it's a condition a couple must deal with together. Approximately one-third of fertility issues can be traced to the man, another one-third to the woman and the remaining cases are a combination or the cause cannot be determined.

But besides the inability to get pregnant, are there any symptoms or signs that infertility may be an issue?

Infertility Symptoms in Women

Sometimes the first inkling of a problem is when you try to get pregnant and months pass without success. If you are 35 and under and you've been trying for a year without getting pregnant, you should consult a physician as you will have met the criteria for infertility. If you are older than 35, you should seek help sooner, as your fertility window is shorter now, so talk to a doctor if you've been trying for six months or longer.

Signs of a hormonally based cause of infertility in women include:

Signs of ovulation based cause of infertility in women include:

Medical history linked to infertility in women:

Symptoms of Infertility in Men

Many times men show no signs of a problem until they have trouble impregnating their partner after months of unprotected sex. However, there are some signals of possible problems including:

Health history that includes radiation exposure, exposure to toxins at work, mumps or kidney disease, or pattern of heavy alcohol use, drugs, smoking cigarettes or chemotherapy treatments.

What to Do if You Suspect a Problem

Should you have tried to get pregnant, and you have symptoms or a health history that leads you to believe you may have difficulty conceiving, don't feel that you need to delay seeing a doctor even if it's been less than the recommended time frame. Also, if you've had more than one miscarriage while trying to get pregnant, you should seek medical advice without waiting 6 months or a year.

Treatments for infertility range from having minor surgery, making lifestyle changes or taking medication. For some people an underlying condition or disease may be the culprit, and should that be the case, getting the disorder or disease under control may be the ticket to successful conception.

According to numbers from the CDC, of those couples who initially had trouble conceiving, approximately 20 percent went on to have a baby without any treatment. Of those who seek treatment for infertility, the success rate is 67 percent.


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