Infertility occurs when you are unable to become or stay pregnant after having regular unprotected sex for six months to a year. Most of the time, you can’t tell you are living with infertility until you are actively trying to get pregnant. Here are some warning signs that may mean you should consult an infertility specialist at your local fertility clinic.
How do I know when I should look into fertility treatments?
Signs of Infertility in Women
There are many signs of infertility in women. If you’ve experienced irregular menstrual cycles or changes in ovulation, these may be symptoms to discuss with a fertility doctor. Look out for:
- Short cycle, lasting less than 21 days
- Long cycle, lasting over 35 days
- Periods that are heavier or lighter than usual
- Menstruation that causes severe back or pelvic pain
- Absent menstruation (no period)
- Clotted or dark purple/ black periods
- Bleeding in between cycles
Your menstrual cycle should happen around the same time each month. Your infertility specialist will advise you to take note of what is normal for your body. Anything outside of the norm may be a cause for concern.
Many times, infertility in women can be contributed to a hormonal imbalance. Also, fertility declines as you age, so women older than 35 may have a harder time conceiving than younger women. Other conditions that affect fertility include a previous diagnosis of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, certain STDs, recurrent miscarriages or blocked fallopian tubes. Talk to your doctor about any of these diagnoses when you come in for a consultation.
Signs of Infertility in Men
Men may be especially unaware of their infertility until they try to have a baby. Contact a doctor if you notice changes in your hair growth or your sexual desire. More warning signs include pain or swelling in the testicles, problems with erections and ejaculation or if your testicles become smaller or more firm than normal.
The best thing both men and women can do is understand what is normal for your body. Speak to a doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary. If you’re under 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for a year, you should consult a fertility doctor. Women 35 and older should see a doctor after trying for six months.
What do infertility specialists do?
Your infertility specialist will work to pinpoint the cause of your infertility and create a plan for fertility treatments that’s best for you. Come in for a consultation with The Fertility Center of Las Vegas.