As you enter your 30s, starting a family could well be front of mind, if you haven’t already, and you may only find out about any fertility issues once you start trying. Conditions such as endometriosis (when tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body) often presents in a woman’s teens or early 20s, however, many women will live with the symptoms for years, or they’re masked by use of the contraceptive Pill. Endometriosis and other problems, like polycystic ovarian syndrome, can affect your chances of conceiving, not to mention the effect symptoms have on quality of life, so it’s important to see your GP if you feel something isn’t right, such as painful or irregular periods.
You may want to go for a general check-up before trying for a baby. Your fertility starts to decline at 32, drops again at 35 and decreases by half at 40. It’s recommended you visit your GP if you haven’t conceived after a year if you’re under 35, and after six months if you’re over 35.
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