Many things can affect your fertility – disease, lifestyle, exposure to certain toxins, heredity, and long term health
conditions.

Here are a few health conditions that, if left diagnosed and untreated could affect your fertility...

Fibroids

A collection of uterine cell tissue that forms for unknown reasons – fibroids are most likely to impact fertility when they grow inside the uterine cavity, distorting its shape and size. The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Constipation

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

PID occurs when bacteria move from the vagina to the upper reproductive tract, causing infection. STIs are the leading cause of PID but there are other less common causes too – such as complications from the insertion of an intrauterine device or even douching.

Symptoms of PID include:

  • Pain in the lower and/or upper abdomen
  • Fever
  • Painful sex
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Obesity

If you are severely overweight and not doing anything about it, or unaware that you are carrying a couple
of extra pounds then this will directly impact your ability to conceive. Studies show that women who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 have decreased fertility, even if their cycles are regular.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterine cavity, creating scar tissue that makes it difficult for the fallopian tubes to pick up and move an egg to the uterus.

Symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Severe menstrual cramps
  • Painful bowel movements or urination
  • Abnormal or heavy bleeding during periods
  • Painful sex

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