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What are the symptoms of infertility in women?

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The main symptom is not getting pregnant.

Changes in the menstrual cycle and ovulation could be from a disease related to infertility. They include:

  • Abnormal periods. Heavier or lighter bleeding.
  • Irregular periods. A different number of days between each month.
  • No periods. You've never had one, or they suddenly stop.
  • Painful periods. You might have back pain, pelvic pain, and cramping.

Hormone problems may be to blame. Symptoms include:

  • Skin changes, like more acne
  • Changes in sex drive and desire
  • Dark hair growth on lips, chest, and chin
  • Loss of hair or thinning hair
  • Weight gain

Other symptoms can include:

  • Milky white nipple discharge not related to breastfeeding
  • Painful sex

SOURCES:

Carey, W.D., ed. Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine 2010, 2nd edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2010.

Ferri, F.F., ed. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2012, 1st edition, Mosby Elsevier; 2011.

Jose-Miller, A.B. American Family Physician, March 15, 2007.

National Infertility Association web site: "Infertility FAQs."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Carey, W.D., ed. Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine 2010, 2nd edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2010.

Ferri, F.F., ed. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2012, 1st edition, Mosby Elsevier; 2011.

Jose-Miller, A.B. American Family Physician, March 15, 2007.

National Infertility Association web site: "Infertility FAQs."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 02, 2019

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