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Infertility Symptoms- What Are They and What Do They Mean

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The most obvious infertility symptom is not conceiving even though a person has had over a year of regular, unprotected sex.


Female infertility causes and signs of infertility in men are both subtle and indefinite at times. The symptoms of infertility could be of different types, depending on the circumstances behind it.

Sometimes, it is a health condition that affects the ability to conceive in women or capacity to participate in the reproduction process in men. It is also possible that no precise cause is diagnosed.

Infertility Symptoms That Women Should Keep an Eye out For

Signs of infertility in women often shows up under many disguises. However, the underlying reasons mostly revolve around their menstrual cycles, ovulation, and hormonal imbalance.

The symptoms that cater to any changes in the menstrual cycles involve abnormal or irregular periods, heavy bleeding during the period, an absence of periods, and pelvic and back pain with terrible cramps.

In case there is hormonal imbalance, any changes in the skin (acne for example) could be an infertility sign. The sexual desires could vary, hair growth on lips and chin could increase. A loss of hair quality and weight gain are also symptoms that indicate hormonal changes in the body of a woman.

Other symptoms like nipples discharging milky white substance when breastfeeding isn’t a point of consideration could also mean something and should be checked out.

Infertility Symptoms in Men

With a man, the trouble stays undiagnosed in most cases. That is until he tries to make a baby and fails.

The symptoms could include erectile dysfunctions, ejaculation issues, lump and swelling in the testicles, and changes in how the hair grows all over the body.

Going to a Doctor- Making a List Helps

If a person spots a suspicious sign or is just tired of trying to conceive for too long with no fruitful results, it is reasonable to consider fertility treatments. A doctor is most likely to order a blood test, a urine culture, and some imaging tests to get an idea around their status.

Depending on how the results do, they might or might not get referred to a reproductive endocrinologist. Also, there’ll be many questions, and it is much better if they had ll the answers at hand.

It is helpful to list down certain pieces of information before visiting the doctor again.

  • Active medications and prescriptions
  • Information on how long the person has been trying
  • Any infertility symptoms that came to notice
  • A history of chemotherapy or radiation, if any
  • Smoking, alcohol intake, and drug abuse details
  • Any history with STDs
  • Any genetic disorder
  • Any chronic illness

Monitoring the Body Is Crucial

Sometimes, infertility isn’t necessarily rooted in a horrible condition. Rather, things as generic as stress, weight, or improper diet could bother the human system and put barricades in the way of getting pregnant.

However, it is wrong to pass off pressing symptoms in a careless manner. Listening carefully to one's body could be very helpful in pinpointing just when something is wrong. It is enough to raise a bell, and the rest is for the doctors to do.

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