Medical Conditions Affecting Female Fertility

Doctors are aware of a number of medical conditions that can affect fertility. Some directly inhibit the reproductive process, others are not so obviously related.

Many of these conditions can be treated with varying degrees of success and improving your general health and fitness can go a long way in helping you overcome your infertility.


Fibroids are more common than many women realise. Since they don’t necessarily cause symptoms they often go undetected. They are noncancerous and they grow either in the wall of the womb or on it.

It’s quite common for a woman to live with fibroids for many years but they can cause infertility. It has been known for some fibroids to also cause miscarriage.

Fallopian Tube Blockages

Between the ovaries and the womb travel the fallopian tubes. The sperm must traverse these tubes to reach the egg. The fallopian tube also doubles up as a temporary home for the fertilised egg for a week or so.

If for any reason these tubes become blocked this is a serious problem and usually the only solution is a medical procedure.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PCOS is one of the major reasons why some women cease to ovulate. For many women who experience extreme cases of polycystic ovary syndrome it is a very distressing experience.

Symptoms of this syndrome include weight gain, skin complaints, lack of menstruation, unsightly body hair, increased susceptibility to mood swings.

There are some other conditions such as endometriosis where the womb lining actually grows in places other than the womb. This can be a great painful condition.

Coeliac disease is caused by gluten intolerance which has the effect of preventing food being absorbed properly. Fatigue, weight loss, anaemia, bloating and foul smelling greasy stools are all signs of coeliac disease.

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