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There aren’t any signs or specific symptoms of infertility, you just don’t get pregnant. But if a medical condition is the cause of infertility, you may have symptoms. For example, if you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you may have excessive hair growth, acne, hair loss and irregular and infrequent periods. You may be overweight too.
See our section: Symptoms of female infertility above for more information.
There are different types of infertility based on what the cause is. Although sometimes doctors can’t find any cause, which is called unexplained infertility. But in general, there are usually four main causes, which are egg production problems, conditions that affect your ovaries, conditions that affect your fallopian tubes, and conditions that affect the womb.
See our section: Causes of female infertility above for more information.
Yes, there are treatments for infertility. These include medicines to treat difficulties with ovulation (your body releasing eggs), to operations to treat a health problem that affects your fertility. There are also assisted conception methods to help you get pregnant, such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).
See our section: Treatment for female infertility above for more information.
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