Infertility affects approximately 6.7 million women in the United States and if you’re trying to get pregnant, you know how disappointing it can be every month to get a negative pregnancy test. But before assuming that in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be your only option, it’s important to rule out some of the very common—and often treatable—causes of infertility.Here, read on for five possible reasons why you might be struggling with infertility and what you can do about it.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, which can cause irregular menstrual cycles and an increase in male hormones, affects about 5 to 10 percent of women and is one of the most common reasons women don’t ovulate.
In addition, being overweight, obese or underweight, as well as having a thyroid imbalance, can affect ovulation.What to do: One of the best ways to improve your fertility is to have a healthy weight,
according to Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, a reproductive endocrinologist with Fertility Centers of Illinois.It’s also important to be screened for polycystic ovary syndrome and rule out other medical conditions.