Why women are having difficulties falling pregnant

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Infertility is becoming more common and it isn’t an ‘older women problem’ anymore. Dr Lawrence Gobetz, an infertility specialist at Vitalab, shares his thoughts on why some women may have difficulties falling pregnant.

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Many women are having a hard time falling pregnant these days. No longer is it that after 35 will you struggle having kids but it seems that even women below 30 are now having complications and infertility problems. Take Chrissy Teigen, for instance, the model has been very vocal on how she struggled falling pregnant for years and finally chose IVF at the age of 29.

Dr Lawrence Gobetz says “We are seeing an increase in the tendency for more young women to be showing signs of fewer eggs in their ovaries. What we cannot yet comment on is the reason why, this has not yet been ascertained. But this picture of ovaries which appear to be older than the young women we are assessing is more prevalent.”

There could be various reasons for infertility. These include:

  • Fibroids

Fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in or on the uterus. They can interfere with pregnancy in many ways. The ones that grow on the inside wall of your uterus can cause changes in the endometrial tissue, making it difficult an embryo to develop and attach to the uterus.

  • Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a disorder in which endometrial tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterine cavity. The hormonal changes of your menstrual cycle affect the misplaced endometrial tissue – it swells and thickens, then sheds to mark the beginning of the next cycle. However the blood from the endometrial tissue in your abdominal cavity has no place to go. Over time Inflammation occurs and becomes trapped in your pelvis forming scar tissue.

  • Blocked fallopian tubes

One of the many causes of infertility is tubal disease which is when one or both of your fallopian tubes becomes blocked or damaged. Damages fallopian tubes prevent the sperm from reaching the egg and a proper development and implantation in the uterus.

  • Pelvic adhesions

Adhesions are scar tissue that can make your tissue or organs inside your body stick together, adhesions cause infertility as they form inside or around the ends of the fallopian tubes, they may block an egg and sperm from meeting.

  • Premature ovarian failure

It’s the medical term used to describe early menopause, the loss of ovarian function before age 35. Menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 42 and 56. Premature ovarian failure is a condition in which menopause occurs before the age of 40.

It is crucial that you consult with a specialist if you suspect you have any of the above.

Additional information courtesy of Vita Lab

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