10 Signs You May Have Trouble Getting Pregnant

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If you're wondering what your chances are of conceiving a child, there are certain signs that you may have trouble getting pregnant. For instance, your periods may be irregular or you may have endometriosis. If you're in your thirties and have no kids, your OB/GYN may start asking you if you're thinking about having a family, aka code for having children. If you're closer to 35, their questions may be more frequent — since fertility lessens with age — with the addition of asking you if you're planning on freezing your eggs or adopting one day. While there are certain signs to take notice of regarding your fertility, they are not the be all end all in determining if you'll have trouble becoming pregnant. Only you and your OB/GYN can assess what the signs may mean, and if your irregular menstrual cycles are being caused by something else entirely, such as a hormonal imbalance.

Approximately 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States aged 15–44 years have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "The general definition of infertility in women is when you and your partner have had unprotected intercourse for 12 months and have not been able to get pregnant," Dr. Sherry A. Ross, women's health expert and author of She-ology. The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health, tells Bustle. According to the CDC, if a woman is 35 or older, 12 months goes down to six months.

Ross says your fertility is affected by many factors, from your advanced maternal age to genetics to BMI to other physical female conditions that don't quite fit into this textbook definition of infertility. "For women with infertility, there is often an inability to produce a healthy egg — an egg may be unable to travel to the uterus or can be unexplained," Dr. Ross says.

Regarding fertility, there are some signs to watch out for that could mean you may have trouble getting pregnant. However, only you and your OB/GYN can determine the path to take next.