Signs & Symptoms of Infertility

The main sign of infertility is the inability to conceive within one month of having regular unprotected sex (or 6 months in cases where the woman is above 35 years).

Other signs and symptoms of infertility may include:

  • Painful periods
  • Painful cramps
  • Excessive bleeding during the menstrual cycle
  • Absence of a menstrual cycle for three to six months
  • Painful intercourse
  • History of sexually transmitted diseases or sexual problems
  • Past miscarriages
  • Excessive weight gain or weight loss

These warning signs and symptoms are the body telling you that something is not right. The earlier you can identify these symptoms and get them treated, the greater the reduction in your risk of infertility.

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