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Causes of Infertility - Female and Male Factor Infertility

Understanding what causes infertility is the first step towards finding the right treatment plan. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, one-third of infertility cases are female factor infertility, one-third are male factor, and the remaining third involve problems on both sides, or unexplained causes. Get the information you need here on understanding the causes of infertility.
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All About Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Blocked fallopian tubes are responsible for 40% of infertility involving female factor infertility. Learn all about how blocked fallopian tubes affect getting pregnant, the causes for blocked fallopian tubes, and potential treatments.

All About Ovulatory Dysfunction and Anovulation
Anovulation and irregular ovulation are a common cause of female infertility, occurring in up to 40% of infertile women. Learn more about symptoms, causes, and treatments for anovulation and ovulatory dysfunction.

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is an endocrine disorder and a common cause of infertility in women. Learn what you need to know about getting pregnant with polycystic ovarian syndrome, including information on PCOS symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis affects up to 10% of women, and of that group, up to 50% may experience infertility. What is endometriosis? How does it cause infertility, and what are the treatment options? Learn more about endometriosis here.

Endometriosis Symptoms
Endometriosis symptoms vary from woman to woman. Some women will have many symptoms, while others will have no symptoms besides infertility. Learn about the symptoms and risk factors of endometriosis here.

Endometriosis Symptoms Quiz
Wondering if you might have symptoms of endometriosis? Take this quiz to find out if you have possible symptoms of endometriosis or if you are at risk for experiencing endometriosis.

What Is Secondary Infertility?
Secondary infertility is when a woman and man do not conceive after one year of trying, despite having conceived children in the past without any problems. While primary infertility gets the most media attention, secondary infertility is as common as primary infertility. Get more information on secondary infertility here.

Male Infertility Overview
Male infertility is more common than most people suspect. Learn what you need to know about male infertility, including male infertility treatment and causes, in this article.

What Is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
Pelvic inflammatory disease is the leading cause of preventable infertility. Learn the causes, symptoms, and treatments are for this potentially deadly disease.

Getting Pregnant After 35
Getting pregnant after 35 may be more difficult than at age 25, but it’s not necessarily impossible. What are your chances for getting pregnant after age 35? Why is it more difficult than in your 20s and early 30s, and why do doctors recommend seeking help getting pregnant sooner than later if you’re past age 35? Find out in this article from...

Increase Your Fertility by Breaking These 8 Bad Habits
Could your bad habits lead to decreased fertility? Break these 8 bad health habits and increase your fertility.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Symptoms
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) symptoms may be severe, mild, or silent symptoms. Learn about PID signs and symptoms here.

Stress and Getting Pregnant: Can Stress Keep You From Getting Pregnant?
Can stress keep you from getting pregnant? Learn the ways that stress can lead to trouble with getting pregnant, as well as what the research says on stress and infertility.

Calorie Calculator
Being either over or under weight can lead to problems with fertility. Use this calorie calculator to figure out how many calories you should be eating each day.

BMI Calculator
Your weight can have an affect on your fertility. Calculate your BMI to find out if you're weight is within the healthy, fertility-friendly range.

Why Dont I Have Any Cervical Mucus?
Worried that you have very little or no cervical mucus? Because cervical mucus helps sperm survive and travel from the cervix up to the uterus and fallopian tubes, a lack of quality fertile cervical mucus can make getting pregnant difficult. Find out what may cause a lack of cervical mucus, and potential treatments, here.

If I Have Irregular Periods, Will I Have Trouble Getting Pregnant?
Increase your chances of getting pregnant with irregular periods, and also learn about causes of irregular periods and treatments.

Why Can't I Get Pregnant if I'm Healthy?
Why can't I get pregnant if I'm healthy, a reader ask. Learn why some people can't get pregnant as easily as they hoped and what can be done about it.

Diagnosis of Thyroid Related Infertility
An undiagnosed thyroid problem can lead to infertility or recurrent miscarriage. In this article from About.com's Guide Mary Shomon, learn what you need to do to get a thyroid problem diagnosed.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a leading cause of ectopic pregnancy and preventable infertility. About.com’s Guide to STDs, Elizabeth Boskey, discusses what PID is, what causes it, the symptoms, and possible treatments.

Endometriosis Questions and Answers
Endometriosis brings with it pelvic pain and, for many, infertility. Endometriosis is not well understood, which makes treatment difficult. About.com’s Guide to Woman’s Health, Tracee Cornforth, writes about theorized causes of endometriosis, symptoms, and possible treatments.

Varicocele and Infertility
Has your doctor diagnosed you with a varicocele? Up to 40% of male infertility patients have one. Learn what they are, how they may affect fertility, and what treatment options are available.

Top 6 Questions on Infertility After Lymphoma Treatment
Worried about infertility after cancer treatment? The good news is that permanent infertility after cancer treatment is not so common. About.com’s Guide to Lymphoma, Dr. Indranil Mallick, answers some commonly asked questions on infertility after lymphoma.

Undiagnosed Celiac Disease Can Lead to Infertility
Undiagnosed or untreated celiac disease can lead to a host of seemingly unrelated problems, including osteoporosis, depression and anemia. Now medical researchers - along with some observant obstetrician-gynecologists - are realizing that undiagnosed celiac disease also may be a major cause of otherwise unexplained infertility in both men and women.

Are Personal Lubricants Like Astroglide and KY Jelly Sperm Friendly?
Could your lubricant be harming your fertility? Learn which lubricants are not sperm friendly, and what your options are.

How to Know If Your Period Is Normal
What's considered to be a normal period? Paying close attention to your cycles can help spot potential symptoms of infertility. Learn what's normal and not so you can speak to your doctor.

What Is an Irregular Period?
What is considered an irregular period? And when should you be worried about it? Learn more here.

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