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  1. Infertility: Problems With Fallopian Tubes - Topic Overview

    Problems with the fallopian tubes are a leading cause of infertility in women. Tubal blockage may be caused by: Previous infection (most often a sexually transmitted disease ; sometimes associated with a ruptured appendix ). Tubal ligation for sterilization or other types of surgery. Endometriosis,a common cause of infertility. Scarring of fallopian tubes associated with previous pelvic ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Infertility: Questions to Ask About Surgery - Topic Overview

    When considering a surgical infertility treatment,ask: About your doctor's experience with microsurgical techniques. Surgery to correct infertility in both men and women often requires specialized training and experience. Whether problems can be corrected during laparoscopy. Some problems with a woman's reproductive tract can be corrected during laparoscopic testing on an outpatient basis. ...

  4. Fallopian Tube Procedures for Infertility

    A fallopian tube blockage typically prevents successful passage of the egg to the sperm, or the fertilized egg to the uterus. Surgery can be used to try to correct this common cause of infertility.

  5. Fertility Problems - 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 Choices: Medications to stimulate ovulation: Clomiphene citrate (Cl

  6. Fertility Problems - Symptoms

    Infertility does not cause physical symptoms. Infertility is a general term for a couple's inability to get pregnant after 1 year of having sex 2 to 3 times a week without using birth control methods.

  7. Infertility: Problems With the Uterus and Cervix - Topic Overview

    Problems with a woman's uterus and/or cervix may be caused by: Abnormalities of the uterus present from birth. Previous surgery or a procedure,such as a cervical cone biopsy or a dilation and curettage (D&C),which may decrease fertility if these procedures have damaged the cervix or uterine lining (rare). Exposure to certain drugs before birth,such as DES,which may cause deformities ...

  8. Antisperm Antibody Test

    An antisperm antibody test looks for special proteins (antibodies) that fight against a man's sperm in blood, vaginal fluids, or semen. The test uses a sample of sperm and adds a substance that binds only to affected sperm.

  9. Infertility: Questions to Ask About Medicine or Hormone Treatment - Topic Overview

    When considering whether to try medicine or hormone treatment for infertility,ask: Whether there are any possible long-term risks related to the proposed treatment. Whether you need to change your sexual activities during treatment. Your doctor may have suggestions for timing sex to increase the possibility of becoming pregnant. How long this type of treatment is recommended before it's ...

  10. 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 ...

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