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  1. Fertility Problems - Prevention

    Some causes of infertility are related to lifestyle or other health conditions. To help protect your fertility: Avoid using tobacco (cigarettes) and marijuana, which reduce fertility, especially by reducing sperm counts. Avoid exposure to chemicals.

  2. Fertility Problems - Other Treatment

    Read about assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilization (IVF).

  3. Infertility: Thinking About Adoption - Topic Overview

    You may wish to consider adoption as an alternative to treatment for infertility. Learning more about the tests,exams,success rates,and costs of infertility treatment may help you decide. Adoption provides people with an opportunity to raise and nurture a child. In recent years,the increased availability of infants and children from outside the United States has increased the chances of a ...

  4. Gamete and Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT and ZIFT) for Infertility

    Some infertile couples are affected by conditions that prevent the sperm and egg from traveling through a fallopian tube, where fertilization and the first stage of cell division take place. The following are assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures used to improve the chances of conception in the fallopian tubes. The first step of each of these treatment cycles is superovulation, the ...

  5. Medications

    Medication or hormone treatments are often the first steps in infertility treatment. They are also used for in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies.Medication ChoicesMedications to stimulate ovulationClomiphene citrate (Clomid) stimulates the release of hormones that trigger ovulation. Clomiphene is typically the first choice of treatment for unexplained lack of ...

  6. Prevention

    Some causes of infertility are related to lifestyle or other health conditions. To help protect your fertility:Avoid using tobacco (cigarettes) and marijuana, which reduce fertility, especially by reducing sperm counts.Avoid exposure to chemicals.Avoid excessive alcohol use, which may damage eggs or sperm.Limit sex partners and use condoms to reduce the risk of getting a sexually transmitted ...

  7. Infertility: Problems With the Man's Reproductive System - Topic Overview

    The most common cause of male infertility is low sperm count. Absence of sperm in the semen is less common,affecting only 1% of all men and 10% to 15% of infertile men. 1 Causes of sperm count problems include: Hormonal problems in the testicles or pituitary gland. The pituitary gland releases hormones that stimulate the testicles to produce testosterone. Testicular injury or failure,either ...

  8. Fertility Problems - Home Treatment

    To decrease your risk of infertility and increase your chances of becoming pregnant, use the following guidelines. Track ovulation at home: Estimate when you are ovulating by practicing fertility awareness, including monitoring your cervical mucus changes

  9. Infertility: Setting Limits on Testing - Topic Overview

    Looking for a cause of infertility can be a brief process,or can become a financially,emotionally,and physically demanding succession of tests and procedures. Before you start infertility testing,take some time together to talk about how far each of you is willing to go. Consider: How you feel about undergoing invasive testing if initial sperm and blood tests find no infertility cause. ...

  10. Fertility Problems - When To Call a Doctor

    Consult with your health professional about infertility concerns if you want children but have been unable to become pregnant after 1 year of having sex without using birth control, or you are a woman older than 35 who has been unable to become pregnant a

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