There are very few things in life modern medicine cannot predict. But one of the very last mysteries of this world is figuring out whether or not we can conceive – or how easily it may happen.
As any young woman knows, there is a certain element of doubt when it comes to your own fertility.
Many of us like to think that at some stage in our life, when we’re good and ready, we’ll have kids. A complication-free pregnancy and a couple more kids to boot. But how can we ever truly know?
There are actually are a few signals our body can give us that indicate fertility issues. It must be said that none of these symptoms are absolute proof of infertility. They are simply irregularities that are worth noting when it comes to your body.
Here’s what to keep your eye on when understanding your fertility.
A period that is infrequent, too frequent, or an odd length (too long, or too short) can be a warning sign that something isn’t right.
Dr Jason Franasiak, an obstetrician and gynecologist says that your period is one of the best indicators of a healthy reproductive system.“Irregular periods or absent periods represent the fact that at some level an issue with regularly producing an egg and that can be a clear cause of infertility.” he says.
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Similarly, if you are experiencing extreme pain or an unusually heavy period, it can also be a sign that something is wrong.
“Longer cycles are caused by a lack of regular ovulation,” explains fertility expert Dr Stephanie Beall.
“During a normal cycle, it is the fall of progesterone that brings upon bleeding. If a follicle does not mature and ovulate, progesterone is never released and the lining of the uterus continues to build in response to estrogen.
Eventually, the lining gets so thick that it becomes unstable and, like a tower of blocks, eventually falls and bleeding occurs. This bleeding can be unpredictable, and often very heavy and lasting a prolonged period of time.” (Post continues after gallery.)
Your sex life.
Painful sex or a complete lack of libido can also indicate that something is amiss. An abnormally low sex drive – as compared to what is normal for YOU – could potentially point to a hormone imbalance.