If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for over a year, you should consider visiting a gynecologist for a full assessment of your reproductive health. The thought that you could be suffering from infertility may be scary; however, many of the most common causes are treatable. Below, the compassionate obstetricians at Oswego County OB-GYN, PC in Oswego and Fulton, NY, explain some of the conditions and abnormalities that can cause infertility in women.
What Are Some Common Causes of Infertility in Women?
If there are abnormalities in the uterus or cervix, it can prevent a fertilized egg from developing properly or from implanting at all. For example, some women are born with an abnormally shaped uterus. Uterine fibroids or polyps can also affect fertility, but many women who have them go on to conceive with medical intervention.
Pelvic Organ Disorders
Conditions that affect the pelvic organs can cause side effects that interfere with conception. For example, untreated endometriosis can affect the lining of the uterus, which will inhibit implantation. Fortunately, many of these conditions can be managed and treated so conception is possible.
Ovulation is necessary for conception to occur. If a disease or condition is affecting ovulation frequency, a woman could try to conceive for years without any success until she seeks treatment and determines when she is fertile.
Common ovulation disorders include hypothalamic dysfunction, excess prolactin, premature ovarian failure, and polycystic ovary syndrome — which is the most common cause of infertility in women. Depending on the extent of the disorder, it may be possible to regulate ovulation and conceive with medical intervention.
If you have been struggling to conceive and you want to explore your options regarding infertility treatment, turn to Oswego County OB-GYN, PC in Oswego and Fulton, NY. To learn more about the services they provide women throughout Fulton and Oswego, NY, visit their website, or call (315) 343-2590 to make an appointment today.