If you and your partner are struggling to have a baby, you’re not alone.
In Ghana, the prevalence rate of infertility is 11.8% among women and 15.8% among men [5
Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples.
Infertility may result from an issue with either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that prevent pregnancy. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies that significantly improve your chances of getting pregnant.
Common Signs of Infertility in Men and Women and How to Cure them.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Patience Cobbinah,( Dr. Pat. Maame Nzemaa) of PC Herbal Centre/Clinic.
It’s common for couples to experience issues with infertility.
For this reason, it’s recommended that couples who’ve been trying to get pregnant for over a year without success seek the advice of Dr. Pat. For women over age 35, that timeline is reduced to six months. Infertility issues increase with age.
Signs and Symptoms of Infertility
Signs and symptoms of infertility are often related to other underlying conditions. For example, 10 to 15 percent Trusted Source of untreated chlamydia cases will lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID leads to a blockage of the fallopian tubes, which prevents fertilization.
There are numerous conditions that can contribute to infertility in men and women.
Common Signs of Infertility in Women.
- Irregular periods.
The average woman’s cycle is 28 days long. But anything within a few days of that can be considered normal, as long as those cycles are consistent. For example, a woman who has a 33-day cycle one month, a 31-day cycle the next, and a 35-day cycle after that, is probably having “normal” periods.
But a woman whose cycles vary so greatly that she can’t even begin to estimate when her period might arrive is experiencing irregular periods. This can be related to hormone issues, or to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Both of these can contribute to infertility.
- Painful or heavy periods.
Most women experience cramps with their periods. But painful periods that interfere with your daily life may be a symptom of endometriosis.
- No periods
It’s not uncommon for women to have an off month here and there. Factors like stress or heavy workouts can cause your period to temporarily disappear. But if you haven’t had a period in months, it’s time to get your fertility checked.
- Symptoms of hormone fluctuations
Signs of hormone fluctuations in women could indicate potential issues with fertility. Talk to Dr. Pat if you experience the following:
•reduced sex drive
•facial hair growth
- Pain during sex
Some women have experienced painful sex their entire lives, so they’ve convinced themselves it’s normal. But it’s not. It could be related to hormone issues, to endometriosis, or to other underlying conditions that could also be contributing to infertility.
Common Signs of Infertility in Men.
- Changes in sexual desire
A man’s fertility is also linked with his hormone health. Changes in virility, often governed by hormones, could indicate issues with fertility.
- Testicle pain or swelling
There are several different conditions that could lead to pain or swelling in the testicles, many of which could contribute to infertility.
- Problems maintaining erection
A man’s ability to maintain an erection is often linked to his hormone levels. Reduced hormones may result, which could potentially translate into trouble conceiving.
- Issues with ejaculation.
Similarly, an inability to ejaculate is a sign that it might be time to visit a doctor.
- Small, firm testicles.
The testes house a man’s sperm, so testicle health is paramount to male fertility. Small or firm testicles could indicate potential issues that should be explored by a medical practitioner.
Note that if you seeing the above symptoms then please contact Dr. Pat (Maame Nzemaa) of PC Herbal Centre/Clinic on 0540740740
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