According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 12% of women of childbearing age struggle with infertility. There are a number of causes of infertility, says women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm. Diabetes, while not often linked with reproductive issues, may contribute to some cases.
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women with both type I and type II diabetes have a slightly shortened window of fertility. Diabetes may extend the onset of menses and can trigger premature menopause. Additionally, diabetes often goes hand-in-hand with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition associated with reproductive issues. PCOS is common in in women with type II diabetes as the condition is known to trigger insulin resistance. Insulin resistance essentially means the body’s insulin levels are elevated, which will negatively affect ovulation.