There are many different causes of infertility, which means that there
are also a number of signs that could
indicate a fertility problem. For most people, infertility is diagnosed following a period of one year
(or six months for those over the age of 35) of unsuccessfully trying
to conceive. You might, however, know to speak with a physician specializing
in reproductive medicine sooner if you have any of the following common
signs of fertility problems. By addressing these issues sooner rather
than later, you might increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy and
reduce your stress in managing your reproductive health.
Ovulation is directly linked with your menstrual cycle, so you may be alerted
of potential ovulation issues by irregularities in your monthly cycle.
If you have frequent spotting, heavy bleeding, painful periods, or irregular
timing of your cycle, you may have a condition such as endometriosis or
uterine fibroids, which may prevent a normal, healthy pregnancy.
Previous miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies
When considering your risk for infertility, it is important to review your
entire sexual and reproductive history. In the first meeting with the
Fertility Specialist, an attempt will be made to secure as much information
about your past as possible. A previous ectopic pregnancy, or pregnancy
that develops outside the womb, is something that should be discussed
by the Reproductive Specialist. As well, a condition like pelvic inflammatory
disease (rising from from a sexual transmitted disease) could cause damage
to the reproductive system and prevent you from getting pregnant later
on as a result. A history of miscarriage should also be a concern, particularly
if you have had 3 or more, which is commonly known as recurrent miscarriage.
Men can struggle with infertility too, so both partners should seek reproductive
care when there is difficulty achieving pregnancy. For men, this is best
achieved through a semen analysis which measures items like sperm count,
motility, and morphology. All important components in the reproductive process.
To understand your needs in reproductive care, schedule a fertility assessment
with ReproMed by calling (972) 494-5438. We provide
male and female fertility services in Toronto utilizing technologies such as in-vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic
sperm injection, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.