There are a number of chronic health conditions and diseases that can have a detrimental affect on your fertility, or on your ability to have a healthy, full-term pregnancy.

Below are a few of the common and not-so-common conditions that should be resolved or minimized before attempting to conceive.

  • Endometriosis – endometrial tissue from uterine lining is found on other organs, can cause pain, cramping and disruption of menstrual cycle.
  • Dysmenorrhea – extreme pain and cramping during menstruation
  • Amenorrhea – abnormal absence of menstrual cycle
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) — absence of ovulation, irregular or absent periods, ovarian cysts.
  • Digestive issues – yeast overgrowth (candida albicans), parasites, bacterial overgrowth.
  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV) — common vaginal disorder caused by an imbalance in vaginal bacteria population, leads to vaginal infections that can often go undetected (no symptoms).

Other Health Conditions and Diseases that Can Lead to Female Infertility

  • Obesity or being under-weight
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic stress
  • Chlamydia
  • Food allergies
  • Poor liver detoxification
  • Thyroiditis – Hashimoto or Graves’
  • Insulin Resistance and blood sugar imbalance
  • Mercury or other heavy metal poisoning
  • Abnormal sperm production or function
  • Abnormal delivery of sperm
  • Overexposure to chemicals and toxins
  • Damage and side-affects from cancer and cancer treatments
  • Ovulation disorder
  • Uterine or cervical abnormalities
  • Fallopian tube damage or blockage
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause)
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Delayed puberty
  • Kidney disease or diabetes
  • Celiac disease
  • Cushing’s disease (tumor of pituitary gland)