Many people dream about their future partner and children at an early age. It’s pleasuring to picture yourself shopping for adorable tiny clothing and pushing a stroller through your neighborhood, or taking milestone photos of your baby’s first year of life. However, what most people don’t realize is that in order for a woman to get pregnant, a lot of things have to go exactly right. And even in the best, “by the book” circumstances, things don’t add up the way people want them to.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 12% of women aged 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant. To put that statistic in a different perspective, 12% is about one in eight women.
Although there is strong data on the number of people affected by infertility, the reason for what causes it isn’t as straightforward. There are a number of things that can cause infertility in both males as well as females.
We understand experiencing infertility can be frustrating, exhausting, and overwhelming, among many other things. However, at Wellness Mantra we also believe that knowledge truly is power, and we’re passionate about helping everyone understand every aspect of their fertility journeys.
Let’s take a look at the common causes of infertility in females:
What Causes Infertility in Females?
One of the most common misconceptions about infertility is that it only affects women and that simply isn’t true. Female infertility accounts for almost one-third of all infertility cases, with male infertility and unknown factors being about equal.
So what exactly are the most common female infertility causes?
#1 – Ovulation Problems:
Studies show that failure to ovulate is one of the top causes of infertility in women, occurring in 40% of female infertility cases, which can be caused by a number of factors, including thyroid disease and other endocrine disorders, hormonal imbalance, aging, as well as certain gynecological conditions.
The most common of such conditions are primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), which is also known as premature ovarian failure, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In both these conditions, ovulation is often irregular or stops altogether for months at a time.
#2 – Endometriosis:
Endometriosis, a condition wherein the uterine tissue grows outside the uterus and this is another leading cause of female infertility. The tissue can grow in the fallopian tubes, on the ovaries, or even behind the uterus. This tissue can cause blocked or damaged fallopian tubes as well as prevent implantation.
#3 – PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome):
PCOS is such a significant cause of female infertility and it needs to be discussed in greater detail. The hormonal imbalance caused due to PCOS, interferes with ovary development and egg release, which can result in cysts developing on the ovaries. The PCOS Awareness Association states that about 10% of childbearing-age women are affected by PCOS, yet less than half are diagnosed and aware of their condition.
#6 – Autoimmune Disorders:
Depending on their size and position, uterine fibroids can block the fallopian tubes and also interfere with implantation. Even though it’s not known what causes uterine fibroids, what we do know is that these growths, which form on the interior of the uterus, are found in up to 10% of infertile women.
#5 – Age:
Age directly affects fertility, as it affects the number of eggs and their quality declining substantially after a woman turns 30. There are certainly exceptions to every rule, including this one.
#4 – Uterine Fibroids:
A woman’s health is a large contributing factor to fertility and some autoimmune disorders can negatively impact fertility. This is probably because of the associated medications or because the body produces antibodies that can affect the sperm.
Also Read: Ayurvedic Medicine For Female Infertility
Is Female Infertility Preventable?
Maintaining healthy habits may help increase the likelihood of becoming pregnant like exercising regularly, prioritizing sleep, avoiding as much stress as possible (easier said than done, we know!), abstaining from consuming tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, and minimizing your exposure to environmental toxins. Maintaining a healthy weight is also crucial for fertility as being either too over or underweight can reduce the likelihood of becoming pregnant.
Aiding fertility with Ayurveda:
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