Fertility problems in women is defined when after 1 year of sexual activity without contraception, their is an inability to become pregnant. It presumes that the male partner has normal reproductive physiology and anatomy. 10% of all couples are infertile.
Causes of Fertility Problems In Women
Fertility problems in women have many causes. These include anatomical abnormalities of the reproductive system. Severe emotional stress, repeated weight-gain/weight-loss cycles and hormone dysfunction all may interfere with the female reproductive cycle. Vaginitis, disorders of the cervix, such as infection, laceration from previous childbirth or narrowing of the cervical opening for any reason all may present anatomical or physiological barriers to pregnancy. Secondary amenorrhea. the lack of menstrual periods when they have previously been normal, may be caused by strenuous exercise programs or nutritional disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa. Chemical changes in the cervical mucus can interfere with the migration of the sperm to the egg. Disorders of the ovary and uterus, such as ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibroid tumors and pelvic inflammatory disease may all prevent pregnancy. Thyroid disorders, previous use of oral contraceptives and failure to have sexual orgasm may all interfere with ovulation or the migration of sperm to the egg.
Signs and Symptoms of Fertility Problems In Women
Failure to conceive.
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