Infertility

Causes of infertility in women


Most cases of female infertility are caused by problems with ovulation. Without ovulation, there are no eggs to be fertilized. Some signs that a woman is not ovulating normally include irregular or absent menstrual periods.

1) Ovulation problems

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormonal imbalance which can interfere with normal ovulation. PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) is another cause of ovulation problems. POI occurs when a woman's ovaries stop working normally before she is 40. POI is not the same as early menopause.

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2) Less common causes of infertility in women
  • Blocked Fallopian tubes
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Surgery for an Ectopic pregnancy
  • Structural problems with the uterus & vagina (eg. Bicornuate Uterus, pinpoint cervix, etc)
  • Uterine fibroids, which are non-cancerous clumps of tissue and muscle on the walls of the uterus.
  • Other causes ( hesitation of intercourse due to some mental reasons, increased acidity in vaginal secretions, Vaginismus

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Risk Factors for women
  • age
  • stress
  • poor diet
  • athletic training
  • being overweight or underweight smoking
  • excess alcohol use
  • sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
How does age affect a woman's ability to have children?

Many women are waiting until their 30s and 40s to have children. In fact, about 20 percent of women now have their first child after age 35. So age is a growing cause of fertility problems. About one-third of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility problems. Aging decreases a woman's chances of having a baby in the following ways:

  • Her ovaries become less able to release eggs.
  • She has a smaller number of eggs left.
  • Her eggs are not as healthy.
  • She is more likely to have health conditions that can cause fertility problems.
  • She is more likely to have a miscarriage.
When a women should contact us?

Most experts suggest after at least one year of trying. Women 35 or older should contact us after six months of trying. A woman's chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30. Some health problems also increase the risk of infertility. They are :

  • Irregular periods or no menstrual periods
  • Very painful periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • More than one miscarriage

We can help you get your body ready for a healthy baby (By Sharir-Shuddhi & Bija-shuddhi through Panchakarma & Uttarbasti). We can also answer questions on fertility and give tips to increase chances of conception (Yoni dhavan & Yoni pichu Chikitsa).

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