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8 Real Causes of Infertility in a Woman


Some women go through infertility issues, and a common question they ask is “What could be the cause of infertility in a woman?” ?

Well, we will try to provide as many answers that you need in this article.

It is the joy of many women to be able to reproduce and become a parent.

However, some become frustrated when it looks like the odds are all against them.

Even if it was you, I’m sure you’ll feel terrible.

But today, we will be outlining those things that may cause infertility and how you can defy the odds.

Do me a favour; just stay glued to this space, learn all you can, and practice.

What is infertility in a woman?

Infertility is not getting pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples.

The critical point is that it will be at least one year of frequent unprotected sex.

So, if you only wait for when you ovulate before you have sex, then you may be missing timing.

The frequency must be high.

And before you declare yourself infertile, you should have had frequent unprotected sex for one full year.

Even if it requires you to do so for 365 days. ?

Okay… that was a joke.

But, if you get frequent sex without protection and nothing happens, then there is an issue.

It is a sign that you need to see a gynaecologist for an examination. 

Sometimes, it’s not even your fault that you cannot conceive, rather, it could be an issue with your partner. (No offence intended)

Hence, you have to ensure it’s not an issue with you.

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What are signs that will cause you to see a gynaecologist to check for infertility? 

Checking for infertility is not something you do when you don’t get pregnant.

Instead, some early signs should make you see a gynaecologist earlier.

This way, you will be able to commence early treatment for those signs detected.

Some signs that you may have to see your gynaecologist are;

  1. If you are age 35 or older and have been trying to conceive for six months or longer.
  2. You are over the age of 40.
  3. If you experience irregular or absent periods.
  4. You have excruciating periods.
  5. If your family has a record of fertility problems.
  6. You have been diagnosed with endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease.
  7. If you have had multiple miscarriages.
  8. Have undergone treatment for cancer.
what are the causes of infertility in a woman

What causes infertility in a woman?

Now that you know the signs that will require you to see a gynaecologist, what are the causes of infertility in a woman?

Some the causes of infertility in a woman include;

1. Ovulation disorders:

Ovulation is when your ovary releases eggs during each menstrual cycle.

Now, there could be conditions where the eggs are not frequently released or none is released at all.

More so, some medications, conditions and lifestyle factors can affect hormone levels and cause an ovulation disorder.

According to WHO (World Health Organization), ovulation disorder is the cause of 25% of infertility cases.

2. Uterine or cervical abnormalities: 

The abnormalities include abnormalities with the cervix, abnormal growth in the uterus or abnormality in its shape.

Moms, noncancerous (benign) tumours in the uterine wall (uterine fibroids) also cause infertility by blocking the fallopian tubes or stopping a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.

3. Fallopian tube damage or blockage:

Fallopian tube damage is often caused by inflammation of the fallopian tube.

This can result from pelvic inflammatory disease, which is usually caused by a sexually transmitted Infection.

4. A condition called endometriosis:

This situation occurs when the lining of the uterus tissue grows outside of the uterus.

And this may affect the function of the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes.

Thereby causing infertility.

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5. Early Menopause can cause infertility in a woman:

Infertility becomes a concern to a mom whose ovaries no longer releases eggs and menstruation ends before 40.

There is no exact cause of this.

However, you should know that there are factors associated with early Menopause.

They are; 

  • Immune system diseases
  • Certain genetic conditions such as Turner syndrome or carriers of Fragile X syndrome, and 
  • Radiation or chemotherapy treatment.

6. The pelvic adhesion condition can cause infertility in women:

Pelvic Adhesion is a condition in which the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries get stuck together. 

This usually happens after cesarean sections or other types of open surgery and can be the result of infections. 

Pelvic Adhesion is also called Scar tissue.

The scar tissues can grow between two organs in the pelvic area and cause significant pelvic pain.

Adhesions like this often prevent the reproductive organs from functioning normally, leading to not just pelvic pain but infertility too.

7. Infertility in women resulting from reproductive cancer:

Cancerous tumour or growth in the reproductive area is a huge cause of infertility.

Moreso, its treatment is also a threat to a woman’s fertility.

In other words when your reproductive organ has been exposed to Chemotherapy and radiation you might stand a risk of being infertile.

8. Abortions can cause infertility in a woman:

Although abortion is not a direct cause of infertility.

If you have had an abortion earlier in life, an infection from the procedure can cause scarring of the uterus and even the fallopian tubes. 

I have earlier explained the scarring of the uterus, you can go back and read up No.6. ?

Sometimes, the procedure can damage the inner lining of the uterus and make pregnancy difficult.

Baby girl if you have read through and you are concerned about how to increase your chances of being pregnant, then keep an eye on this space.

I won’t leave you without a way out.

Here’s a helpful article:

“Factors that can increase your chances of getting pregnant.”


It is the dream of every mother to carry her own baby.

However, infertility can be a stumbling block to this dream.

This could be a result of several issues which may have a medical solution.

So, rather than panic, seek medical attention and pray to God for the fruit of the womb.

Your baby is one his way. 

Just stay positive and receive the gift.

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Keep being #fabulous ?

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