The amount of time you have been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant is the first sign that you may have a hidden medical condition making you infertile. Approximately 10.5 percent of women in their prime reproductive years are infertile. Don’t waste precious time by being only one in five who fails to proactively seek diagnostic testing and medical treatment for the cause. You may be unknowingly suffering from infertility even though you have a regular menstrual cycle and a healthy sex life.
Signs of Infertility
Your menstrual cycle is irregular.
- Your cycle is unusually short – it occurs within less than 24 days
- Your cycle is unusually long – it occurs within more than 35 days
- Your cycle is unpredictable – one month it occurs, then next it does not
A normal cycle ranges from bleeding for 3 to 7 days.
- If your bleeding is very light – this is abnormal
- If your bleeding is heavy and intense – this is abnormal
- If your blood flow changes significantly month to month with unusual heaviness and coloring – this is abnormal
You are experiencing severe menstrual cramping or other pelvic pain.
- The cause of your cramps or pelvic pain is probably hindering your ability to get pregnant
- Cramps are caused by prostaglandins, a natural chemical in the tissues of your uterus
- Cramps are caused or worsened by other diseases or abnormalities, such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and pelvic inflammatory disease
Unhealthy Body Weight
If you are extremely underweight or overweight, this unbalanced state may be causing infertility problems.
- Extreme dieting
- Poor dieting
- Too much exercise
A healthy weight range and diet will help your fertility and enhance your chances of becoming pregnant.
You have a history of more than one miscarriage. Recurrent miscarriage is a sign that you are experiencing a reproductive medical problem and need a fertility specialist to help you achieve and maintain a healthy pregnancy.
- Only 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies will end in miscarriage
- You should consult with a fertility specialist after your second miscarriage
History of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs)
- STDs cause infertility due to the infection and inflammation damage they cause to reproductive organs
- Chlamydia or gonorrhea cause blockage of the fallopian tubes or damage to the ovaries
- The symptoms of both chlamydia and gonorrhea are silent
- Blockage of the fallopian tubes makes pregnancy impossible or ectopic pregnancy likely
Prominent Infertility Treatment Provider
Dr. Hugh D. Melnick is a reproductive endocrinologist successfully treating patients with hormonal and fertility problems since 1976. In 1983, Dr. Melnick founded Advanced Fertility Services in New York City. Advanced Fertility Services was the City’s first free-standing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) center.
Today, Advanced Fertility Services is a prominent facility offering all-encompassing diagnostic and reproductive treatment options for couples struggling with infertility.
Dr. Melnick is available for consultation via Skype. Click the icon below and enter your information – or – call Advanced Fertility Services at 212.369.8700 to schedule your consultation.