Having difficulty falling pregnant? Here are other common conditions that need to be ruled out first: (Part 2)
This is Part 2 of our series discussing the most common reasons couples are unable to fall pregnant. In Part 1 we discussed the 3 most common conditions that need to be ruled out if you are experiencing infertility: endometriosis, polycystic ovaries and sperm abnormalities. In this post we discuss some additional conditions that may be adversely affecting your chances of falling pregnant.
Any pelvic infection can affect the pelvis leading to damaged or blocked tubes. Sometimes this will not be associated with any symptoms or very vague symptoms.
Infection can occur following intercourse, from previous surgery or from complications of surgery leading to adhesions and damage.
Occasionally the tubes will be blocked and full of fluid. This is called a hydrosalpinx and is easily seen on an ultrasound examination. Specific testing with dye can be done to check if the tubes are open.
Sometimes the shape of the uterus or the cavity can be different or abnormal leading to infertility and miscarriages. There may be fibroids or growths in the wall of the uterus which can affect the cavity or the tubes.
Endometrial polyps, which are a growth of the lining of the uterus, can affect implantation and may cause infertility.
Uterine fibroids, which are a growth on the muscular wall of the uterus, may block the tubes or affect the cavity leading to miscarriages.
Don’t waste time and money until you’ve investigated the underlying cause of your infertility. Contact your GP about a referral and book an appointment with Newcastle Ultrasound for specialised infertility testing that helps get to the heart of fertility issues quickly
You are also welcome to call our patient liaison coordinator Naomi on (02) 4957 3899 to make a time for a confidential chat to discuss fertility issues and ask any preliminary questions you may have.