Infertility is a common issue that can affect both men and women, despite the common misconception that it’s a female’s issue. As many as 1 in 6 couples struggle to conceive a child naturally and they have to turn to fertility treatment to help them have a baby. With this in mind, if you are hoping to have a baby one day, it’s important that you truly get to know your body so that you are better equipped to spot signs that you might be infertile.
1. Pain during sex
Of course, signs of infertility are different for men and women. For females, one indicator is pain during sex, as this can suggest an underlying issue such as fibroids or endometriosis. Some women have experienced painful sex their whole lives and have convinced themselves that it is normal, but it isn’t and should not be ignored.
2. Irregular period
Keep an eye on your menstrual cycle, as irregularities or changes in colour can sometimes be a cause for concern. Very painful or heavy periods can also be an issue, as can no periods at all. Factors such as stress or excessive exercise can sometimes interfere with the menstrual cycle on a temporary basis, but it’s worth getting yourself checked out if you’re worried.
3. Hormonal imbalances
Hormonal changes might also be an issue, so visit your GP if you suddenly develop severe acre, weight gain, facial hair or anything else unusual. Hormonal imbalances can sometimes be a sign of infertility in men as well. Testosterone is obviously a key hormone in procreation and any problems with its production will inhibit a man’s ability to conceive.
4. Erectile Dysfunction
Other signs of infertility in men include erectile dysfunction and problems with ejaculation. Both men and women need to pay attention to their bodies and refrain from ignoring any abnormalities.
Of course, the most obvious sign of infertility is not becoming pregnant after a year of regular, unprotected intercourse. Don’t be afraid to speak to a fertility expert and open up about what you’re going through. They will be able to carry out a series of tests, delve into your medical history and figure out what the problem is.