Many women who have difficulty conceiving wonder “Why? What prevents me from producing eggs?” A number of factors affect your fertility:
Age – Your age has a large impact on fertility. Your fertility is greatest during your twenties through age 35. After age 35 your body’s ability to become pregnant decreases significantly.
Early onset menopause – A key symptom is the absence of your menstrual period. Early menopause may be caused by environmental factors including immune disease, chemotherapy and smoking, but the cause of many cases of early menopause is unknown.
Stress – Extended periods of stress can affect hormone levels thereby reducing your ability to produce and mature eggs. Make sure you are taking steps to alleviate your stress levels.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – PCOS is an ovulatory disorder where your body is unable to produce eggs normally due to cysts in the ovaries. Women who are diagnosed with PCOS may find the cause of their weight issues in addition to “What prevents me from producing eggs?” Women who have PCOS often have trouble metabolizing sugar which results in weight gain.
High prolactin levels – Prolactin is a naturally occurring hormone in a woman’s body that is responsible for the production of breast milk. If a woman has high prolactin levels when she is not nursing or pregnant can have issues with ovulation.
Your weight – Good overall health is important to fertility. Being overweight or underweight can create problems with ovulation. Reaching your ideal weight may address "what prevents me from producing eggs."
Blocked or scarred tubes – In order for an embryo to implant after fertilization, it must move thorough the fallopian tubes. The issue may not be with egg production. Instead, it may be that blocked or damaged tubes are preventing the egg and sperm from joining.