Chapter Infertility: Are There Any Signs?

by Ermina Konstantinidou, last updated 01 Jul 2024,

3 min read

Infertility can be a challenging and emotional journey, but understanding the signs can help you take the first steps towards finding a solution. While some symptoms are more obvious, others can be subtle and easily overlooked. Here, we’ll explore some common signs of infertility to help you better understand your body and when it might be time to seek professional advice.

Irregular Menstrual Cycles

One of the most common signs of infertility is an irregular menstrual cycle. If your periods are unpredictable, it could indicate an underlying issue with ovulation. Regular cycles typically range from 21 to 35 days. If your cycle falls outside this range or varies significantly from month to month, it might be worth discussing with a healthcare provider.

Painful Periods

Experiencing severe pain during your menstrual cycle, known as dysmenorrhea, can be a sign of conditions like endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), both of which can affect fertility. While some discomfort is normal, intense pain that interferes with your daily life should not be ignored.

Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances can manifest in various ways, including unexplained weight gain, severe acne, hair loss, or excessive hair growth on the face and body. These symptoms can be indicative of conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a common cause of infertility.

Pain During Intercourse

Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia, can be a sign of underlying health issues such as endometriosis, infections, or fibroids. These conditions can impact your fertility and should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.

Changes in Sexual Desire

A sudden decrease in libido can be linked to hormonal changes, stress, or other health issues that might affect fertility. While fluctuations in sexual desire are normal, a significant and persistent change could be a sign of an underlying problem.

Chronic Health Conditions

Certain chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and autoimmune diseases, can impact fertility. Managing these conditions effectively with the help of a healthcare provider can improve your chances of conceiving.

Previous Miscarriages

Experiencing multiple miscarriages can be a sign of infertility. While miscarriages are relatively common, recurrent miscarriages may indicate an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.


Age is a significant factor in fertility. Women over the age of 35 may experience a natural decline in fertility. If you are in this age group and have been trying to conceive for six months or more without success, it might be time to seek professional advice.

When to Seek Help

If you have been trying to conceive for a year (or six months if you are over 35) without success, it’s a good idea to consult with a fertility specialist. Early intervention can provide you with more options and a better understanding of your reproductive health.

At Newlife IVF Greece, we offer comprehensive fertility investigations and personalized treatment plans to help you on your journey to parenthood. Our team of experts is here to support you every step of the way, providing the highest standards of medical care and compassionate support.
If you have any concerns about your fertility or would like to learn more about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free medical consultation. Your journey to parenthood is important to us, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Ermina Konstantinidou

Ermina Konstantinidou, BSc

Ermina is a Midwife and an International Patient Coordinator at Newlife IVF Greece.

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