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What causes of infertility can in vitro fertilization (IVF) treat?

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IVF is a procedure where an embryo is conceived outside the mother’s womb. It may be an option if you or your partner have been diagnosed with:

  • Endometriosis
  • Low sperm counts
  • Problems with the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Problems with ovulation
  • Antibody problems that harm sperm or eggs
  • The inability of sperm to penetrate or survive in the cervical mucus
  • An unexplained fertility problem

IVF is never the first step in the treatment of infertility except in cases of complete tubal blockage. It’s a complex and expensive option that should be considered if other measures have not worked.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 12, 2017
Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 12, 2017

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