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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

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Your menstrual cycle changes could be a sign of infertility

Are you aware your irregular menstrual pattern or cycle that tends to include missing periods can be a sign of infertility? This may suggest that a woman may not be ovulating on a regular basis as she should be. Irregular ovulation can happen due to many problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), obesity, being underweight, or having thyroid issues. Here, we explain to you why an irregular menstrual pattern can lead to infertility. Read on to know more about this…

The menstrual cycle can be described as the monthly series of changes that a woman’s body undergoes in order to prepare her for conceiving (the possibility of getting pregnant). The process of ovulation takes place when one’s ovary releases an egg. Moreover, at the same time, one’s hormonal changes also prepare the uterus in order to conceive and get pregnant. So, if the ovulation takes place and the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus sheds via the vagina and this is termed as a menstrual period.

Know what is a normal cycle?

Did you know? Menstrual flow tends to occur every 21 to 35 days and may last up to 7 days. Also remember that during the first few years when the menstruation starts, one’s cycle can be long. Yes, you heard it right. You will also be surprised to know that the menstrual cycles tend to become short and regular, as you age. But, if your menstrual cycle is irregular, the flow is heavy and you encounter any problems while menstruating then it can be worrisome.

This is how your periods can be causing infertility

Missing period for the wrong reason: Consult your doctor, if you are trying to get pregnant and you have missed your period owing to the wrong reason. Missing period for a long time can indicate an underlying condition that can be bothersome. (PCOS), obesity, and having thyroid issues can be culprits. This can also put you at risk of infertility.

A abnormal blood flow: Are your periods heavy or light? Then, this can become a growing matter of concern and a grave problem that needs to be solved before the conception. As, this can be an obstacle in conceiving.

If your periods are heavy: Though, it cannot affect your fertility but it can suggest that there is an underlying cause behind that. It can lead to one’s inability to become pregnant. It can also mean uterine fibroids or polyps, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or even a hormone imbalance which requires immediate attention.

Light periods: May indicate that there is an underlying problem called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It is a condition wherein a woman produces higher than average male hormones. Not to forget, PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women today.


Consult your doctor if your periods stop suddenly and you are not pregnant, if you bleed heavily and the cycle is irregular, if there is persistent pain during the period and bleed between your periods.

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