Female Infertility Factors

When it comes to diagnosing what may be causing a couple’s infertility there are many areas to be explored and myriad tests that can be performed.

Female factors are many and diverse. This site cannot possibly cover all areas and it is strongly recommended that you discuss with your doctor what the test results show and do research about the cause, if there is a rectifying solution, and, if not, what medical procedures can be implemented to help you achieve a positive outcome.

The female reproductive system is multifaceted. The list here is only a partial review of some common causes of female infertility. There may be issues related to the uterus itself – its shape or its composition (fibroids, scar tissue or endometriosis) that could be factors in infertility. Ovaries play a crucial role – and if they are not functioning properly in producing eggs, then that could be a cause of concern. Even the fibriae at the end of the ovaries must be in good working order since they are responsible for helping the egg make its way to the fallopian tube.

The fallopian tubes must be functioning well since it is in the fallopian tube that the sperm fertilizes the egg. The tubes must be clear (no blockages) so the egg can travel freely from the ovary through the tube. Should the fertilized egg inadvertently attach itself to the fallopian tube, an ectopic pregnancy will result and this is a serious medical emergency and always results in a loss.

Hormone levels are determine by blood work. Your physician will explain to you what your levels of estrogen, progesterone and the hormone FSH need to be in order for your body to be receptive to a pregnancy. Supplemental hormone therapy may be introduced by your doctor to get you started on the right track. Almost all assisted reproductive techniques include hormone treatments.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which there are cysts in the ovaries that may interfere with your egg production and menstrual cycle and this can be a cause of infertility. In recent years much has been learned about this syndrome making it a wider-known diagnosis.

Possible Treatments for Female Factor Infertility

Treatments for many of these conditions are available. Some may be simple enough that medication can be prescribed. Others may require surgical interventions – i.e. removing fibroids, opening up fallopian tubes, etc. For others there may not be anything that can be done to lead to a “normally conceived child” however with modern technology there are many “work-around” solutions that can help achieve a successful pregnancy.

Become an Educated Patient

Be sure to learn as much as you can about whatever condition you have by doing research and asking questions. The more you know, the more you will be able to understand your options. By becoming an educated patient/consumer you will feel that you are regaining some control of a situation that may be evoking feelings of frustration and anger; and undoubtedly something that is impacting on your relationship as a loving couple.