“I just hate the fact that my twin sister got pregnant with twins the first time she had unprotected sex and I have been trying to get pregnant for five years without luck. My sister carried twins to term and both of us are 34. I feel my biological clock ticking but I am not sure what to do next!” If you found yourself saying sentences worded similar to this, this article is for you because it discusses the common causes of female infertility (in India.)

IVF may be the only option for you now

If it is really true that you have been trying to conceive for five years and have had no luck, IVF may be your only option available to becoming a mother! IVF stands for in vitro fertilization and it is the process of using many assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to dramatically increase your chances of becoming and staying pregnant. “Oh great, that’s what I need to hear! But I wonder why I have had such a hard time becoming pregnant?” Well you live in Haryana, so only doctors at an IVF fertility treatment center Haryana could accurately answer that question, but some common causes are discussed below:

Common causes of female infertility

● Obesity
● Smoking
● Lifestyle diseases
● Age
● Hyperprolactinemia
● Premature ovarian failure
● Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes

Obesity –

Being obese (fat) is one of the leading causes fueling the rise in demand for female infertility treatment in Haryana! Obesity in women has been proven to substantially and adversely alter the ways in which their reproductive systems work. This often makes it substantially more difficult for them to become and remain pregnant! The reason for this is because obesity alters the ways in which the reproductive hormones required for women to become and stay pregnant operate.

Smoking –

Repeated medical research has proven that women who smoke have substantially lower ovarian reserves. This makes it harder for them to become and stay pregnant. It increases their chances of miscarrying at any time during their pregnancies or of having a still born baby dramatically. The chemicals in cigarette smoke have been proven to negatively alter the ways in which the reproductive hormones in a woman’s body operate. Additionally, these chemicals attack the energy centers in the eggs. The eggs are not fertilized when sperm meets them as a result and these women don’t get pregnant!

Lifestyle diseases –

As more and more Indian women adopt Westernized lifestyles, the prevalence of diseases once associated only with Western women is on the rise. These include: diabetes, cancer, kidney and liver diseases, and thrombophilia.

Age –

Women tend to be born with all the eggs they will ever have. Their ovarian reserves are significantly depleted as they enter into puberty and they will only release a few of the many thousands of eggs in their ovaries when they ovulate and have periods. Medical research has proven that egg quality declines as women get older because their eggs age. Certain lifestyle factors like smoking can greatly accelerate this process. This is why most women who smoke go through early menopause (sometimes as early as their early forties!)

Women who are in the 18-26 age group are the most fertile.  They are most likely to have successful pregnancies if they conceive between the ages of 22-32.

Hyperprolactenima –

Women with this medical condition don’t get periods because they don’t ovulate. They can’t get pregnant as a result. This condition is caused by high levels of the hormone which produces breast milk, prolactin. Women who are nursing oftentimes have a hard time getting pregnant because their bodies make very high levels of prolactin!

Premature ovarian failure –

This occurs when the ovaries attempt to create eggs but fail. No eggs can be released into the fallopian tubes. The woman does not ovulate (though she may still get a period.) This medical condition is often referred to as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) sometimes, women go into premature menopause.’ Menopause occurs when womens’ ovaries stop producing eggs and the hormones needed to get and stay pregnant. Women with this condition are strongly advised to see doctors at IVF clinics for help in conceiving and staying pregnant.

Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes –

Since the woman’s eggs are fertilized by the man’s sperm in her fallopian tubes, they need to be clear from obstruction and healthy. In some instances, certain medical diseases or sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) can cause scarring in the fallopian tubes which causes them to become blocked. Any eggs can’t travel through these tubes to become fertilized and pregnancy becomes very difficult or impossible. Fallopian tubes can become damaged when a fertilized egg implants itself in one of the tubes and grows. The tubes are tiny, so they burst. This can be fatal at times, but it usually damages the tube to the point where eggs can’t travel through them to be fertilized.

Now that you know

Now that you know some of the common factors which lead to female infertility, you should contact your nearest IVF centre in Faridabad, Haryana for a consultation and evaluation to understand what your next steps in your overall conception plan are. After all, you may be running out of time given your age!

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