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  1. 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. ...

  2. Infertility: Factors That Affect Treatment Success - Topic Overview

    Infertility treatment success is defined as the birth of a healthy infant. Major factors that affect your chances of conceiving and carrying a healthy pregnancy with or without treatment include maternal age,how long you have been trying to conceive,and the cause of infertility. For more information,see the What Happens section of the topic Fertility Problems. Infertility clinic success ...

  3. Infertility: Problems With Ovulation - Topic Overview

    It can be difficult and complicated to determine the cause of ovulation problems. Possible causes may include: Hormonal imbalances. 70% of all women with ovulation problems have hormonal imbalances related to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). 1 Other ovulation problems can originate in the ovaries,or in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus,which produce hormones that regulate the menstrual ...

  4. In Vitro Fertilization for Infertility

    During in vitro fertilization (IVF), eggs and sperm are brought together in a laboratory glass dish to allow the sperm to fertilize an egg. With IVF, you can use any combination of your own eggs and sperm and donor eggs and sperm.See an illustration of the female reproductive system.Ovulation and egg retrieval. To prepare for an assisted reproductive procedure using your own eggs, you will ...

  5. Fertility Problems - What Happens

    You can be considered infertile if you have not been able to conceive after 1 year of sex without using birth control. However, some people who have an infertility diagnosis do go on to become pregnant.

  6. Insemination for Infertility - Topic Overview

    Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the flushing of specially washed sperm through a thin flexible tube (catheter) directly into the uterus. Artificial insemination (AI) is the placement of sperm into a woman's cervix or vagina. The sperm then travel into the uterus and fallopian tubes,where they may fertilize an egg. See an illustration of the female reproductive system. Insemination ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Vasectomy Reversal (Vasovasostomy)

    A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control. Vasectomy reversal (vasovasostomy) reconnects the tubes (vas deferens) that were cut during a vasectomy.

  9. Fertility Problems - Surgery

    In some cases of infertility, a structural problem can be treated surgically, increasing the chances of natural conception.

  10. 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 ...

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