Infertility

Common Name(s)

Infertility

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant, despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year (or six months under certain circumstances). Infertility may also refer to the state of a woman not being able to carry a pregnancy to full term (resulting in miscarriage). About 10-15% of couples are infertile in the United States. Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner or a combination of factors. About one third of the time the cause of infertility only involves the male. About one third of the time, the cause of infertility only involves the female. In the remaining one third of the time, the cause involves both male and female or no cause can be found. The causes of male infertility include abnormal sperm production or function, problems with the delivery of sperm, overexposure to certain environmental factors, or damage related to cancer. Causes of female infertility include ovulation disorders, uterine or cervical abnormalities, fallopian tube damage or blockage, endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, thyroid problems, cancer treatment, or other conditions or medications. Risk factors for male and female infertility include advanced age (for women over 35, for men over 40), tobacco use, alcohol use, being overweight or underweight, not enough exercise, or too much strenuous, intense exercise (particularly for women). Diagnosis is made through a number of different tests. Testing and trial treatments may extend over several months. The good news is that there are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. And due to research, treatment options continue to improve the chances a couple will become pregnant. Talk with your obstetrician or midwife if you are having trouble becoming pregnant. He or she will most likely suggest you see an infertility specialist possibly at an infertility center. Support organizations are also good resources for support and information.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Infertility" for support, advocacy or research.

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

FORCE is a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. With 50 outreach groups throughout the U.S., and international affiliates, FORCE programs provide support, education, advocacy, awareness and research specific to hereditary cancers. Our programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer. FORCE was founded on the principle that no one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone.

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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RESOLVE, INC.: The National Infertility Association

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. RESOLVE improves the lives of women and men living with infertility by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Infertility" for support, advocacy or research.

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

FORCE is a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. With 50 outreach groups throughout the U.S., and international affiliates, FORCE programs provide support, education, advocacy, awareness and research specific to hereditary cancers. Our programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer. FORCE was founded on the principle that no one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone.

http://www.facingourrisk.org

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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RESOLVE, INC.: The National Infertility Association

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. RESOLVE improves the lives of women and men living with infertility by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options.

http://www.resolve.org

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Infertility" returned 1300 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Relationships between female infertility and female genital infections and pelvic inflammatory disease: a population-based nested controlled study.
 

Author(s): Xin Tao, Shu-Qi Ge, Lei Chen, Li-Si Cai, Muh-Fa Hwang, Chiung-Lang Wang

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Our purpose was to examine the associations of female genital infections and certain comorbidities with infertility.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Predictors of IVF/ICSI success following treatment of endometriosis as the cause of primary infertility.
 

Author(s): Jovan S Bila, Snezana Vidakovic, Svetlana Spremovic Radjenovic, Milan Dokic, Lela Surlan, Radmila Sparic

Journal: Ginekol. Pol.. 2018 ;89(5):240-248.

 

Treatment of endometriosis prior to IVF/ICSI could be followed by the significant reduction of ovarian reserve. The aim is to identify potential markers of the IVF/ICSI outcome in patients with endometriosis associated infertility and to evaluate their clinical significance.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Infertility" returned 289 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Chronic Niche Inflammation in Endometriosis-Associated Infertility: Current Understanding and Future Therapeutic Strategies.
 

Author(s): Yi-Heng Lin, Ya-Hsin Chen, Heng-Yu Chang, Heng-Kien Au, Chii-Ruey Tzeng, Yen-Hua Huang

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Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent inflammatory disease that affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age and accounts for up to 50% of female infertility cases. It has been highly associated with poorer outcomes of assisted reproductive technology (ART), including decreased ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Does the use of hernia mesh in surgical inguinal hernia repairs cause male infertility? A systematic review and descriptive analysis.
 

Author(s): Zhiyong Dong, Stacy Ann Kujawa, Cunchuan Wang, Hong Zhao

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The aim of this study was to systematically review the available clinical trials examining male infertility after inguinal hernias were repaired using mesh procedures.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Genetics of the human Y chromosome and its association with male infertility.
 

Author(s): Stacy Colaco, Deepak Modi

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The human Y chromosome harbors genes that are responsible for testis development and also for initiation and maintenance of spermatogenesis in adulthood. The long arm of the Y chromosome (Yq) contains many ampliconic and palindromic sequences making it predisposed to self-recombination ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Metformin Use and Clinical Pregnancy Rate in Women With Unexplained Infertility
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Infertility

 

Last Updated: 20 Sep 2018

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Uterine Transplant in Absolute Uterine Infertility (AUIF)
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Female Infertility

 

Last Updated: 27 Apr 2016

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Analysis of TU-LESS by 3D Laparoscopy in the Treatment of Infertility
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Infertility, Female

 

Last Updated: 26 Oct 2016

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