Once you have decided to start a family it’s crushing when it becomes difficult. This is your time, and we get that. You are ready to have a child and you want to do everything you can to make it happen. It is not abnormal to have difficulty conceiving. According to research, 10-15% of couples in the US are infertile. There are many reasons a woman could be struggling. If you are wondering whether or not you are one of these women, consider if the following conditions might have some relation to you.

The 5 early warning signs of infertility

Early warning sign: Brown spotting before your period starts – your period is a fantastic indicator of your fertility status. It’s color, consistency, length and the spacing between your periods can help you to understand many underlying health issues. If you have brown spotting in the days before your period really starts this can indicate low progesterone levels. Low progesterone levels can be a risk factor for infertility and miscarriages. You may be able to get pregnant, but have trouble sustaining a pregnancy.

Irregular cycles – again, your period is a great indicator of your fertility status. If you have irregular cycles then you may not be ovulating and are probably experiencing cycles when you don’t ovulate at all. This is vital information – we all know that to get pregnant you need to ovulate, and you need to have sex during that fertile window of your cycle. If every other cycle is an anovulatory one, this can be a real infertility issue. Just because you have a period, it does not mean you are ovulating.

Chronic yeast infections, Bacterial Vaginosis, undiagnosed Chlamydia – it’s always a good idea, prior to conceiving, to get a full check up on STDs and STIs to make sure you do not have undiagnosed, symptom-less chlamydia or anything else. The low-level inflammation caused by Bacterial Vaginosis is linked to the prevention of fertilization of the egg, spontaneous miscarriage, and a higher risk of preterm birth.Chronic yeast infections, and urinary tract infections, suggest your vaginal and gut microbiome is off-balance which can trigger more inflammatory response.

Poor gut health – by this I mean Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gut dysbiosis, frequent bloating and discomfort, and leaky bowel syndrome. Your gut health is of vital importance to your fertility. If you have any of these issues right now then you will likely have problems conceiving. The health of your estrobolome (which is part of your gut health/microbiome) is key to your hormonal balance. A poorly functioning estrobolome can cause estrogen dominance that will set off the “stress axis” in your body and cause infertility at an early age.

Premature aging – are you in your 30s and experiencing premature signs of biological aging like vaginal dryness, sagging skin, brittle nails, hair loss? These can be indicators that you will struggle to get pregnant. When we age to quickly because we are not supporting our body’s production of healthy hormone levels this can set us up for infertility at an earlier point than we expect. It can also be an indicator that egg quality may be suffering. You can enter perimenopause and have the process speed up in your mid-thirties, leaving you less time in which to choose to conceive. This is especially important when many of us are delaying getting pregnant until our mid to late 30s.

Get your hormones tested so you can see the data on what you might be dealing with. Start taking my 5 favorite anti-aging supplements. Then feed your body the nutrients it needs to continue making a good supply of hormones well into your late 30s, delaying these symptoms of premature aging.

Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!