Dr Tosin Adewole, an Abuja-based medical practitioner, has advised women with hormonal imbalance to treat it before getting married.
Adewole gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
NAN reports that hormones are chemicals produced by glands in the endocrine system.
According to Adewole, hormonal imbalance occurs when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream.
She explained out that because of its essential role in the body, even a slight hormonal imbalance could cause side effects throughout the body.
According to her, women with the hormonal imbalance can experience irregularity in their menstrual period.
The medical doctor identified unusual high stress, unhealthy diet, and diabetes and thyroid problems as some of the causes of hormonal imbalance.
She said: “Hormonal imbalance will cause your period to come heavier, lighter than normal or not come at all.
“This can affect your ovulation period and you can’t get pregnant if you don’t ovulate.
“At least, 25 per cent of women with fertility problems suffer from ovulation problems, though many may not know it until they cannot not conceive and consequently, seek treatment for infertility.”
Adewole said there were prescribed medications that could balance up hormone, stimulate ovulation and increase patient’s chances of getting pregnant, when ready.
Adewole stressed that it was better to treat the imbalance than wait until marriage and having difficulty to conceive.