Do you suspect you may be infertile? Undiagnosed ovarian disorders can occur in various parts of the reproductive system and hinder the success of conception.
These are some of the most common ovulatory disorders that affect women attempting to fall pregnant.
You could be suffering from one of these painful conditions if you have the following symptoms:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
What is it? A hormonal imbalance known to affect women of reproductive age. PCOS causes unpredictable ovulation which in turn inhibits the release of eggs for fertilization.
Symptoms: Erratic menstrual cycles, acne, abnormal hair growth, unusual weight gain, dark skin patches, skin tags
Treatments: Lifestyle changes, clomifene, metformin
What is it? A medical condition in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus grows on the outside of your uterus. This can lead to the formation of scar tissue, adhesions and ovarian cysts.
Symptoms: Pelvic pain, painful periods, excessive bleeding, bleeding between menstrual cycles, fatigue, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation
Treatments: Management of symptoms, hormonal contraceptives, Gonadotropin-releasing hormone, progestin therapy *early detection can help to alleviate symptoms
Fallopian Tube Blockages
What is it? These are obstructions in the fallopian tubes which can be the result of scar tissue, ectopic pregnancies or other ovulatory disorders.
Symptoms: There are usually no symptoms
Treatments: Flushing, laparoscopic surgery
What is it? Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb. While they are not fatal they can cause severe abdominal pain.
Symptoms: Heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, back pain, frequent urination, lengthy menstrual period, leg pain * Symptoms are not always present
Treatments: Herbal remedies, anti-inflammatory medicines, oral progestogen, surgery
When to see a doctor?
Visit your doctor if you identify with the symptoms listed above or you have any concerns.
Learning how to manage your pain and symptoms can greatly improve your quality of life. The right treatment can also improve your chances of conception. There are treatments available at every level so seek professional advice immediately.
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Author: Cindy Harker