Infertility is a more common problem than you would think. Most women tend not to share this information with others because they feel embarrassed or ashamed. As so many women struggle with this, it is not taboo to talk about it and you should certainly not feel ashamed. In fact, speaking about it could help you with the answers or advice that you need. In saying that, what are the most common causes of infertility in women?

There are three main factors that cause infertility in women, namely hormonal imbalance, physical abnormalities, and uterine factors.

Hormonal imbalances mean that your body is either producing too much or too little of a particular hormone. This causes your body to function slightly differently than it normally would. One of those functions it could disrupt is that of being able to fall pregnant. For conception to occur, your body requires a certain amount and type of hormones for it to be effective. If you are missing one of those hormones, it could make the process almost impossible. If you suspect that this may the case, consult your gynaecologist to check your hormone levels and to recommend a hormonal regiment specific to your body.

Physical abnormalities are not always easy to detect because it is internal. You would not know that there was a physical abnormality by simply looking at a woman. These abnormalities are usually internal and you would have to visit your gynaecologist to check this for you. Firstly, the gynaecologist would touch your abdominal area to feel if anything may seem unusual. Next, he or she would perform an ultrasound. If nothing is detectable on the ultrasound, a small operation may be suggested. Such abnormalities could be endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, or congenital uterine malformations.

Uterine factors are bit more uncommon but it shouldn’t be ruled out when you are checking for the reason for infertility. These are abnormalities of the uterus which include congenital malformations, fibroids, intra-uterine adhesions, or endometrial polyps. Developmental uterine abnormalities could be caused by a previous pregnancy loss or obstetric complications. If such abnormalities are discovered, the gynaecologist may see it more as an obstacle rather than an important cause for infertility.

Although these three factors could be a cause of infertility in women, it may seem daunting when first diagnosed, but it is not the end. With modern technological advancements and various treatments available, nothing is impossible any more.

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