According to Fresno OB-GYN Dr. Gail Mallard-Warren, the primary symptom of infertility is a couple’s inability to conceive a child. While there are no obvious symptoms of infertility, a menstrual cycle that stays around for 35 days or more, or less than 21 days, is irregular or completely absent can be an indication that the patient is not ovulating, which is usually associated with female infertility.
When to seek help from your Fresno OB-GYN is dependent to a degree on your age for the following reasons:
- If you’re in your early 30s or younger, most OB-GYNs recommend trying to conceive for at least one year before performing any infertility tests.
- If you’re between the ages of 35 and 40, voice your concerns with your OB-GYN after you have been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for approximately six months.
- If you’re over the age of 40, your Fresno OB-GYN may suggest beginning testing and/or treatment immediately.
Additionally, your OB-GYN may also recommend immediate testing if you or your partner has any established fertility problems, or if you have a history of irregular or painful periods, pelvic inflammatory disease, more than one miscarriages, prior cancer treatments or endometriosis.
Certain factors that put you at higher risk of female infertility include:
Age: As a woman matures, the value and number of her eggs begins to decline.
Smoking: Smoking not only damages your cervix and fallopian tubes, it also elevates your risk of suffering a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Weight: If you’re considerably overweight or underweight, it may hamper normal ovulation.
Sexual history: Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause damage to the fallopian tubes.
Alcohol: Too much drinking is associated with an elevated risk of ovulation conditions and endometriosis.
If you are suffering from infertility and are in need of a caring and experienced OB-GYN Fresno CA residents rely on the professional and caring staff at the office of Dr. Gail Mallard-Warren.
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