If you want to have kids someday, it’s a good idea to get to know your body. Issues with fertility can begin anytime after puberty. The CDC confirms that approximately 6.7 million American women are unable to conceive or unable to carry a baby till term. Infertility affects men as well. These are just symptoms, but if enough of them do apply to you, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make an appointment and see your OB GYN.
Your periods are super irregular or you don’t have them at all
If your period is off a few days, that can be normal. Remember, a lot of factors can affect the timing of your period. Things like stress, diet and exercise can make it fluctuate. However, if you’re totally skipping periods for months at a time or it just shows up unexpectedly, then it can cause some concern. Periods happen after ovulation, so if you don’t have your period, then you may not be ovulating. You need ovulation to conceive a child.
Your periods are painful
We all have suffered some nasty cramps or bloating. However if your pain level is off the charts like suffering from pain during sex, abnormal vaginal bleeding, rectal pain, or you’ve noticed blood in your urine or bowel movements, that could mean you have undiagnosed endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition were your uterine lining grows outside of the uterus and makes it incredibly difficult to have a child.
You’ve suddenly developed severe acne
I’m not talking about a few pimples before you start your period. If you have severe acne, it could mean that your hormone levels are off. Irregular hormone levels might be an indicator that you have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which could make it difficult to have children. One in ten women in the US have PCOS.
You’re gaining weight for no clear reason
Unexpected weight gain is another sign of PCOS. PCOS means you have high levels of androgens and it also means you’re resistant to insulin. This makes most women who suffer from the hormonal disorder gain weight despite not changing their diets or levels of activity. So if you seem to gain weight for no reason — especially if this wasn’t always the case for you — get it checked out.
If you do have fertility concerns, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. It is very common for women to have fertility problems, you are not alone.