How is fertility affected by hormones?
There are various hormonal disorders that can lead to infertility*. Examples are hypothyroidism (low thyroid function), hyperprolactinaemia (high levels of prolactin in the blood) and short luteal phase (low progesterone levels).
Hormonal imbalance is one of the main causes of female infertility. A woman's difficulty in regulating her hormone levels causes disturbances in the production of hormones, resulting in the release of much more or much less than normal from one or more hormones. This hormonal imbalance is manifested by symptoms that are easily detected thus allowing timely treatment.
These symptoms include irregular menstruation, excessive or very little bleeding, abdominal and pelvic cramps, absence of menstruation for long periods of time, excessive and unexpected weight gain or loss.
* Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or have a successful pregnancy after 12 months of continuous effort. If you are over the age of 35, the time of continuous effort is reduced to 6 months.
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