Symptoms of Infertility

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Can it really be said that there are “symptoms” of infertility? There’s at least one obvious symptom: a couple’s inability to conceive a baby. Aside from that, is it possible for causes of infertility to produce recognizable symptoms?

If a couple can’t conceive after one to two years of trying, they very likely have some form of infertility issue. Visiting their doctor may unearth a very simple reason for their failure to get pregnant: for example, maybe they’re not having sex around the time the woman ovulates. A medical consultation could also lead to many complex tests, as doctors try to determine, and then rectify, the cause of infertility.

Indications of female infertility

What are some indications that a woman may be infertile? First, she may have irregular periods, or an unusually long or short cycle (under 24 days or over 35 days). This could be a sign that she’s not ovulating, or that certain phases in her cycle are too long or short for conception to occur. If a woman bleeds very lightly or heavily during her period, if she has extremely painful menstrual cramps, or if the amount she bleeds varies drastically from period to period, she may have one of several conditions that could be causing infertility.

Signs of male infertility

One very obvious sign of male infertility is impotence, or the inability to perform sexually. Other than that, however, male infertility generally doesn’t produce symptoms: if a male’s sperm count is low, that won’t be evident until he undergoes sperm testing. If a man smokes a lot of marijuana, his sperm count could be negatively affected, but it’s still not accurate to claim that marijuana smoking is a “symptom” of infertility. If a man who smokes pot regularly is having issues conceiving, however, it may be a very good idea for him to stop using marijuana.

In both men and women, prior STDs could scar important internal sexual organs needed for reproduction: again, it’s not accurate to say that having had an STD is a “symptom” of infertility, but it could very well be a cause, and should be checked out by a doctor.


 
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