If you and your partner are trying to conceive, you may be experiencing difficulty. The female reproductive system is complex, and there are several reasons why you might be dealing with trouble when trying to have a baby. By identifying the underlying causes of the problem with your reproductive system, you should be able to seek the right treatment so you can conceive. Here are three common problems that may be affecting your reproductive system.
Endometriosis is a common problem for many women. This condition affects your uterus, which is where the baby grows when you are pregnant. When you have endometriosis, the tissue that typically lines your uterus grows somewhere else. This growth can occur on the ovaries, behind the uterus, on the bowels, or even on your bladder. The symptoms of endometriosis are extremely painful and can cause infertility and heavy periods. You will notice pain in your abdomen, pelvic area, or lower back. In some cases, women do not experience any symptoms until they realize they are having difficulty conceiving.
2. Uterine Fibroids
In terms of noncancerous tumors in women of childbearing age, uterine fibroids are the most common. A fibroid is made of muscle cells and other tissues that grow in and around the walls of your uterus. There is currently no real known cause of uterine fibroids, but African American and overweight women are at highest risk. The symptoms include heavy, painful periods or bleeding between normal periods, a feeling of “fullness” in your lower abdomen, and frequent urination. You may also notice lower back pain and pain during sex. Uterine fibroids can cause infertility, early labor, or miscarriage in some women.
3. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
If your ovaries or adrenal glands produce more male hormone than normal levels, you may have PCOS. As a result, cysts can develop in your ovaries, interfering with your ability to conceive. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, you are also at a higher risk of developing diabetes and even heart disease. The most common symptoms include irregular periods, excess hair growth on the face, chest, and stomach, and pelvic pain. You may also notice oily skin, dandruff, and thinning hair as well as rapid weight gain.
If you think you have any of these conditions or you’re having difficulty conceiving, talk to your doctor to get a proper diagnosis and recommendation for treatment options.
Eagle’s Landing OB/GYN in Stockbridge, GA wants you and your family to thrive. For any questions or concerns regarding pregnancy, parenting or related issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-474-1919.