Even after tracking your menstrual cycle and trying for a baby during your ovulation dates, if your pregnancy tests are negative, you may need to rule out the following lesser known causes of infertility. You are not alone in this dilemma as many couples find themselves in a similar situation while wanting to start a family. A good doctor can help you to figure out what’s happening in your or your partner’s body that is preventing pregnancy.
Once your doctor has ruled out common causes of infertility, he must dig deeper into the reason preventing you from becoming pregnant. Choose a doctor who is up to date on the latest research so that he can identify the specific cause of your infertility.
Some of the lesser-known causes of infertility that you may want to discuss with your doctor.
- You need to share all your facts with your doctor –Simple things such as your diet, medications, autoimmune disorders, stress and environmental toxins can all contribute to infertility. These factors are often missed because of lack of information shared between patient and doctor. Share any issues that you may think may be significant so he can give you the best possible treatment.
- You may have undiagnosed endometriosis – Endometriosis which is commonly associated with infertility and often goes undiagnosed in women who may not experience painful periods. Have your doctor rule it out as a cause preventing you from conceiving.
- Your endometrial polyps are undetected – Endometrial polyps are common and benign, but, catching them can be tricky. They are commonly missed because they often cause no symptoms and an endo-vaginal ultrasound must be properly timed to the patient’s monthly cycle to be able to see them.
- Your partner’s older age is a factor –A woman’s age is a critical factor in fertility but we now know that the man’s age is a factor too. Though a man’s sperm production never comes to end, the quality of his sperm takes a downturn in mid- to late-30s and 40s.
- Your partner may suffer from erectile dysfunction – In addition to the decline in sperm quality as men age, older men may also start to experience erectile dysfunction, and may avoid sex. Since the window during which the egg is available to be fertilized is short, a couple needs to have sex frequently to achieve pregnancy.
- Your weight may be a factor – Being under or overweight may be a reason for your infertility. For every 10 pounds, a woman is overweight, there is an incremental decrease in her egg quality. Likewise, being too thin can also impact fertility by suppressing ovulation or causing abnormal hormonal fluctuations.
- Your partner’s weight may be a factor – The man’s weight is also known to have an impact on their fertility. Extra weight in men can cause testosterone to convert to estrogen, which suppresses the pituitary gland function needed for sperm production. Overweight men are also more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.
- You or your partner smokes – Cigarette smoke is known to be bad for anybody trying to conceive. Even secondary smoking can cause you to have problems in conceiving.
- Taking certain over the counter drugs – If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, make sure your doctor knows about all the drugs you take. Even seemingly harmless over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen could block ovulation.
- You’re taking the wrong vitamins – There are many vitamins and supplements on the market that promise to improve fertility but most of them aren’t effective.
- You may need a hysterosonogram – This procedure flushes water and dye through the fallopian tubes and is often part of the initial treatment for people who want to undergo fertility treatments. Many women don’t need any further treatment after this procedure.