Infertility is diagnosed in cases where a couple isn’t able to conceive a child after trying for 6-12 months. While diagnosing infertility depends largely on charting how long it takes to get pregnant without success, there are also many other potential signs. While the indicators tend to be more obvious in women, men can also show surprisingly revealing signs. Read about the signs of infertility in both women and men below:
Signs of Infertility in Women
The main sign of infertility in women is an inability to conceive for 6-12 months of unprotected sex. You may also notice other symptoms, including:
- Erratic periods
- More or less bleeding than usual during periods
- Skipped periods
- Unusually painful periods
If the infertility is connected to a hormone deficiency or excess, the symptoms may also include:
- Increase in skin breakouts
- Increase or decrease in sexual desire
- Increase in hair growth, particularly on the face
- Rapid weight gain even though diet hasn’t changed
- Hair loss
Signs of Infertility in Men
The signs of infertility in men can be more challenging to recognize, and in fact many men don’t suspect it until they’re trying to have a child with their partner. Some other changes that can be indicative of infertility in men may include:
- Chronic respiratory issues
- Overdevelopment in chest (gynecomastia)
- Sexual dysfunction: this can include impotence, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, or unusually small quantity of ejaculate.
- Testicular pain
- Swelling in the testicles
- Lumps in the testicles
It’s not uncommon for men to have fewer of these signs — or even none of these signs at all. Therefore, if you’ve been trying to have a child with your partner for 6-12 months without success, it’s best that you both see a doctor to diagnose the problem.
When you seek professional help, infertility is often a treatable condition. Your doctor can first get the the source of the problem and can also help raise your odds to conceive when you’re ready to do so.
We Can Help With Infertility in Men and Women
If you’ve noticed one or more of the signs of infertility described above, contact Georgia Vascular Institute at 770-506-4007 for help today. As a referral center that helps with diagnosis and treatment of all types of medical conditions, we’re here to help you get the answers you need. Contact us anytime to arrange a consultation.