The question “Why can’t I get pregnant?” may be asked by many women but it may have different answers too. More often than not, the answers are linked with fertility issues. If you are one of the many women asking the same question, here are some causes of infertility that you need to learn about:
- Endometriosis– This is a condition when you have premature ovarian failure. Your follicles get damaged or lost and you fail to ovulate properly.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)—This is one of the most common causes of infertility. When your follicles fail to rupture during ovulation and they start to grow instead, cysts are formed. This condition is caused by hormonal imbalances and is characterized by erratic periods. You may have your periods but their intervals may range between six weeks and six months. In some cases, ovulation does not happen at all.
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption—Women who tend to drink a lot of alcohol have increased risk of conceiving babies with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or FAS. If you don’t really drink too much but just moderately, it may still affect your ability to conceive. Moreover, moderate drinking has been associated with baby’s behavioral problems, growth retardation, heart problems, and facial defects.
- Smoking– Just like alcohol, smoking also affects your ability to have a baby. The habit increases your risk of miscarriage and even if you manage to get past your first trimester, it is highly likely that you will go on premature labor and give birth to an underweight child.
- Inadequate sperm count—OK, so it’s not really all about you. As it takes two to tango, you need to discuss this possibility with your partner too. He may have an inadequate sperm count. This is when he has much lower sperm count than necessary to make a baby. Unless this problem is solved, you will really have a hard time conceiving. In order to determine whether your partner has this condition, you can opt to have a home screening test. This will suffice in measuring whether your partner has less than 20 million sperm cells per milliliter.
This information may help you to to find the right answer to your question “Why cant I get pregnant?“