Why Can’t I Get Pregnant If I’m Healthy?
Healthy women should be able to get pregnant easily, right? Many women think that just because they appear healthy on the outside, that they can’t possibly have a fertility problem.
However, that is not exactly how it works. Many times, women who appear healthy and strong on the outside can often have fertility issues that are hidden.
1. Ovulation Problems
Ovulation problems are one of those things that are a hidden issue. Many women do not even realize that they themselves have ovulation issues. One common misconception is that menstrual periods can not occur if a woman is not ovulating.
The opposite is actually true. Ovulation can occur without a menstrual period, and a menstrual period can occur without ovulation occurring. Many women can appear outwardly to be very healthy, and have great health in other aspects, but ovulation issues might still be occurring.
2. Egg Problems
Egg problems, such as low egg count or poor egg quality, are one of those things that are a hidden problem. There is really no way to tell when these issues are occurring, except for a difficulty in getting pregnant.
Doctors can do testing to see when these issues are happening, but there are often no outward signs. Early onset menopause is another thing that can cause egg problems. Your doctor can tell you more about egg problems.
3. Male Factor Fertility Problems
It is true that fertility issues are often seen as something that is just a female problem. However, up to 30 percent of all fertility problems are related to male infertility, and another 30 percent are a combination of male and female issues.
If you are extremely healthy and do not have any reason to suspect a fertility issue on your end, it might be time for your guy to get checked out and see if he has any issues that could be responsible for male factor fertility.
4. Unknown Fertility Problems
Oftentimes, the cause of fertility problems can be difficult to pinpoint. These things are very frustrating for both doctors and patents, because a woman can outwardly appear to be very healthy and may not have any indications of fertility problems at all when she actually is suffering from some sort of fertility disorder.
Unexplained infertility is often very hard for doctors to treat as well, and can hide itself very well. The best thing to do if you can not get pregnant is to see your doctor so he or she can help you determine what it is that is causing your problems.
If you are over 35, you should see your doctor if you have been trying to conceive for more than six months with no success. If you are under 35, you should see a doctor if you have been trying to conceive for more than a year with no success.
Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.
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