Causes of Infertility

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. Affecting 1 in 8 couples nationwide, infertility is one of the most emotionally devastating diseases affecting modern day families. In this Topic Center, Causes of Infertility, learn all about the different factors that can make it hard to conceive.

Some causes of infertility are attributed to the male while other causes are related to the female. Sometimes no cause of infertility is found, and the official diagnosis given to an individual or couple is “unexplained infertility.”

Women and infertility
Female infertility affects women from all age groups and racial and ethnic groups and there are many causes of female infertility, including:

  • Hormonal issues
  • Physical abnormalities
  • Complications from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and more

Male infertility
Causes of male infertility generally relate to issues with the following:

  • Sperm quality
  • Sperm count
  • Physical abnormalities

There are also other problems that may prevent a man's sperm from reaching and fertilizing a woman's egg. Find out more about these causes here in this Topic Center.

Help is available
If you are concerned about not getting pregnant, make an appointment to see a reproductive endocrinologist (RE). An RE is an OB/GYN who has additional training in the specialty of reproductive endocrinology.

An RE can help you find out why you are not getting pregnant which is a wise choice when your biological clock is rapidly ticking away. Get the facts today about a number of different causes of infertility.