What causes infertility?

couple find out a results of a pregnancy test in bedroom at home.Infertility can make it difficult for couples to conceive a child. Over time, it can be frustrating and disappointing for those looking to start or expand their family. If you are a woman who is unable to become pregnant, it may be time to talk to a doctor about your infertility to determine the cause and find a solution. At Craig Ranch OB/GYN in McKinney, TX, women can seek comfort in talking with a professional who has helped many couples find ways to conceive after a diagnosis of infertility.

What are the causes of infertility?

There are several possible causes of infertility, which can be broadly divided into two categories: female factors and male factors.

Female infertility may be due to problems with the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or uterus. Common causes of ovarian problems include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), premature ovarian failure, and primary ovarian insufficiency. Fallopian tube damage might be caused by infection, endometriosis, or scarring from previous surgery. Uterine problems that can lead to infertility include fibroids or polyps, uterine scarring, or a congenital uterine abnormality.

Male infertility is usually due to problems with the production of sperm. Common causes of reduced sperm production include genetic disorders, undescended testicles, exposure to certain chemicals or medications, and health conditions such as diabetes or obesity. Other possible causes of male infertility include blockages in the reproductive organs or damage to the nerves or muscles that control ejaculation.

In many situations, the actual cause of infertility is unknown. This is known as idiopathic infertility. Age is also a factor that can contribute to fertility problems. As a woman gets older, her chance of pregnancy decreases, especially after age 35.

Connect with our team in McKinney today to learn more

There are several different factors that can contribute to infertility. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it’s important to talk with Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX, about all of the possible causes. Together with him and his team, you can figure out what might be causing your fertility problems and develop a treatment plan at Craig Ranch OB/GYN. Call 214-544-6600 to request an appointment and undergo an evaluation to determine the cause of your infertility concerns.

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