It’s no secret that when it comes to having babies, some women struggle more than others. In fact studies show that infertility among women may be a bigger issue than many people think, with 10 percent of women in the United States reporting difficulties getting pregnant.
While you may not be thinking of having children any time soon, if you see yourself wanting to have a baby in the future it may pay to start thinking about your fertility. According to Alisa Vitti, a New York-based hormone guru, functional nutritionist, and founder of Flo Living, examining the regularity of your period could help you to figure out if you are likely to have any fertility issues in the future.
“If you have irregular cycles then you may not be ovulating,” Vitti told Sporteluxe. Generally, getting regular periods indicates that you have good hormonal health and if you are not, this could indicate some possible issues.
“Irregularities and issues with your monthly flow today will be the very reasons why you might have difficulty conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy when you are ready to try,” Vitti explained.
This being said, Vitti also noted that it is possible for women to still get periods, without necessarily ovulating. “Just because you have a period, it does not mean you are ovulating,” Vitti said.
If you’re concerned, Vitti suggests that women learn to track their ovulation signs to figure out when and if you are ovulating. If you are worried, consulting your doctor is the best thing to do as often, catching issues early can make all the difference.
It’s also important to remember that if detected early, fertility issues can often be remedied through diet and lifestyle changes. “I’m a PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) sufferer myself and Cycle Syncing my diet allowed me to conceive my daughter at 37 years-old, on my third try,” Vitti explained.
If you have any questions or are worried about your fertility, don’t hesitate to seek professional advice.