Symptoms of Infertility in Women

Most common symptoms of infertility in women are explained below. It is recommended not to consider presence or absence of any of these symptoms as affirmations of fertility health of an individual. The best thing to do, if any one is in doubt, is to get tested. Referinfertility test for more information.

Abnormal Menstrual Cycle

This is characterized by one or more of the conditions described below:

  • Excessive bleeding or light bleeding
  • Irregular periods
  • No periods (never had a period or periods suddenly stop)
  • Cramping, pelvic pain or back pain

Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances can lead to ovulatory disorders such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), resulting in infertility. Following symptoms of infertility in women are triggered by hormonal imbalances:

  • Hair growth on face and chest
  • Changes is sex drive and sexual desire
  • Dryness in vagina
  • White discharge from nipples
  • Insulin resistance (click for more information)
  • Oily skin and acne
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of hair or thinning hair
  • Anxiety and depression


Frequent infections in reproductive system can be an indication of infertility in women. Infections can be caused by sexually transmitted diseases, weak immune system or post surgery complications. Seek immediate medical intervention if any of the following conditions are experienced:

  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Blisters or sores in the genital region
  • Unusual vaginal discharge or smell
  • Burning or itching sensation in genital area
  • Urinary tract or yeast infections
  • Pelvic pain in between menstrual cycles
  • High temperature

Other symptoms of infertility in women

Other symptoms include:

  • Irregular basal body temperature: Basal body temperature is the lowest temperature attained by human body during rest. It is usually measured immediately after one wakes up in the morning. Measurement of basal body temperature can be used to track ovulation in women. On normal days, there will not be much variation in basal body temperature. After ovulation, the temperature increases by one half to one degree Fahrenheit or one quarter to one half of a degree Celsius. If the basal body temperature does not rise during a menstrual cycle, or if the temperatures are irregular, it can be indicative of conditions such as anovulation (complete lack of ovulation). This can be a symptom of infertility.
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Putting on tummy fat