Female Infertility

There are a wide range of causes of infertility in women. Find out about the major causes here.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition in which there is a hormonal imbalance within the ovaries. In PCOS, the ovaries are bigger than average, and the outer surface of the ovary has an abnormally large number of smaller follicles.
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Endometriosis is a relatively common condition that can cause significant pain and suffering. Overall, between 3-10% of women aged between 15-45 years have endometriosis. In women who have difficulties conceiving, this rises to about 25-35%.
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Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths of the muscle of the uterus (womb). They are sometimes called myomas, fibromyomas or leiomyomas, but most people call them fibroids. Fibroids are common - around 20% of women get them.
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The number of couples in their late 30s and 40s attempting pregnancy is increasing. Currently 25% of patients at Barbados Fertility Centre are aged 40 or over.
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