• Which medical conditions affect your fertility?

    If you are struggling to conceive, an underlying medical issue could be to blame. For some people, a medical condition affects their fertility, and for others, the treatment for a disease causes infertility. If you are a woman who is concerned about your ability to conceive, consult with your OB/GYN to determine if there are things you should be doing to improve your fertility. Here is a closer look at some of the conditions that impact fertility.

    Thyroid disease
    A thyroid imbalance can interfere with your menstrual cycle, which in turn can cause problems with your fertility. Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can cause fertility issues.

    If you have thyroid disease, treating the thyroid condition can improve your chances of conceiving. If you have hypothyroidism, taking thyroid hormone medication can correct the imbalance and improve your fertility. If you have hyperthyroidism, medications that suppress thyroid function or surgical removal of the thyroid can help.

    Cervical cancer
    Cervical cancer treatment can interfere with your future ability to become pregnant. As discussed in the video, if cervical cancer is diagnosed in its early stages, it is possible to treat the disease without removing the uterus.

    For advanced cases, it is often necessary to perform radiation procedures that damage the uterus or to remove the uterus surgical. Although a traditional pregnancy is not possible after these treatments, most women can keep their ovaries after surgical cancer treatment, so they can have a genetic child via a surrogate.

    Polycystic ovary syndrome
    Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a complex condition that involves ovarian cysts as well as a number of other complications. In addition to interfering with healthy ovulation, PCOS can cause other problems that can impact fertility, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.

    The OB/GYN specialists in Riverside at Riverside Community Hospital can help women navigate the complicated issue of fertility and achieve the healthiest possible pregnancy . Whether you’re ready to start a family or need help with a current pregnancy, call us at (951) 788-3463 for an OB/GYN referral.