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Infertility causes

Covers the causes of infertility in some detail.

What causes infertility?

What are the reasons a couple might have difficulty having a baby?

The goals of evaluating infertile couples are to determine the cause of infertility and hence make recommendations about the treatments available and evaluate the chances that such treatments will help. In approximately 30% of infertile couples, the cause is identified only in the female and in 30% the cause is identified only in the male. In 30% of couples, causes can be detected in both partners. In about 10% to 15% of cases, the underlying cause is not yet found by the current diagnostic methods. Test (Unexplained infertility). The causes of infertility are explained in details by clicking the button next at the bottom of the page.

Go to the investigations page if you want to know more about the ways in which the causes of infertility can be determined.

Alternatively, find out about the treatment options for a particular cause of infertility.

Does stress affect infertility?

Dr Lynch and colleagues from USA reported that preconception stress might play a role in infertility (journal Human Reproduction 2014).

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