What Are the Causes of Female Infertility?

At least half of the time, the cause of infertility is due to unforeseen conditions. When it comes to the female reproductive system, infertility could have more than a dozen root causes. Keep reading to find out some reasons for female infertility.

We’d like to think that our inside is as beautiful as our outside, but that’s not necessarily so. When it comes to female infertility, the plumbing could be the source of the problem. As a female, there are several reasons for infertility:

* Fibroids
* Ovulation issues
* Endometriosis
* Ectopic pregnancy
* Age
* Health
* STDs

Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterine muscle. They can resemble bumps on the uterus or one can be as large as the uterus itself. A surgical procedure called a myomectomy can be performed to cut the fibroids out of the myometrium. Fibroids can make it hard for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterine wall.

Ovulation is the process by which an egg is released each month for potential pregnancy. The ovaries release an egg and it travels through the fallopian tubes to the uterus. Fallopian tubes can be narrowed or closed and prevent the egg from passing and having the opportunity to be fertilized.

Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial cells find their way outside of the uterus. They adhere to the ovaries, outside of the uterus, fallopian tubes, bladder or other organs in the vicinity. Endometriosis can cause pelvic pain and cramping.

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy in the fallopian tube. The egg implants here and begins to grow. It can only grow so large in the small tube and will abort. Ectopic pregnancies are removed with surgery and the subsequent scarring in the fallopian tube can cause problems when trying to get pregnant in the future.

Age is also a factor. A woman is born with all of the eggs she will ever have. As a result, the eggs age as she does. Women over 40 are using older eggs to try and get pregnant. Problems with the eggs can occur when they are older.

Health is important at any age and when you want to get pregnant. Women who are overweight or underweight have a hard time getting pregnant. Overweight women are prone to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which is a cause of infertility. A lifestyle that promotes the abuse of tobacco, illicit drugs and alcohol also presents problems that can result in infertility.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) contribute to infertility. If untreated they can cause scarring that inhibits pregnancy. STDs can also cause a woman to miscarry.

Female infertility has many causes. If you have any of the conditions above, seek help from your doctor about ways to increase your chances of fertility.

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