In the height of summer, it’s definitely time to focus on cold drinks, beach days, and sitting out on the patio in the evening. But if you’re facing infertility, it can be hard to focus on anything else, which is understandable. You might still be learning the specifics of what’s affecting your fertility journey, especially since you might not know exact causes at first. Many different issues can affect a couple’s ability to conceive, so we outlined several here to help you and your loved ones better understand the intricacies with which you might be met.
Common Reproductive Health Concerns
Endometriosis: an issue with a woman’s uterine lining growing outside of the uterus. It might appear on the ovaries, behind the womb, on the bladder, or on the large intestine. It can sometimes grow elsewhere as well. The growth can create pain in the lower back or pelvis, very heavy periods, and overall negatively affect infertility. Some women never experience symptoms and don’t know they suffer from the condition until they’re unable to conceive.
Gynecologic cancer: There are five types of cancers occurring within a woman’s pelvis, including: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancer. While there’s no known causes for these cancers, some, such as cervical cancer, have been linked to sexually transmitted diseases, and all can impact fertility.
Uterine Fibroids: While these tumors are not cancerous, they are mounds growing in and around the uterus wall and interfere with conception. Those of African-American descent or who are overweight are more likely to have fibroids, with symptoms including heavy or painful periods, pain during sex, and lower back pain. Some women will not display any symptoms.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): When a woman’s ovaries or adrenal glands make more male hormones than necessary, cysts can develop on the ovaries. Symptoms include pain in the pelvis, acne or dandruff, baldness, and infertility. PCOS can also increase the possibility for a woman to develop diabetes and heart disease.
Other issues can also impact fertility, so if you’re not sure what you might be facing or want to talk to a doctor to explore your options, please contact us anytime at 717-747-3099 or click on the button below.
Dr. Melanie Ochalski
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