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How does infertility affect women's bodies?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Infertility itself doesn't really affect a woman's body, since it's really a effect of other conditions. The conditions that can cause infertility in women often affect the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and occasionally other parts of the reproductive system. Infections like chlamydia may cause scarring in the fallopian tubes, which prevents a fertilized egg from traveling through them and into the uterus. Endometriosis can also cause scarring when uterine tissue grows outside the uterus. Some conditions may affect the levels of certain hormones, such as lutenizing hormone and prolactin, in women's bodies, which can lead to problems with ovulation.

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