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Is infertility hereditary?

Is infertility hereditary?

Possibly: Some forms of infertility are hereditary. For instance some forms of male infertility have genetic components that are automatically passed to male children (y chromosome microdeletions). Endometriosis definitely has a hereditary component. Pcos also runs in families. And fragile x which can affect egg production is hereditary as well. The vast majority of time infertility is not hereditary. ...Read more

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Infertility (Definition)

Infertility is defined medically as the inability to conceive a baby after 12 months of ...Read more


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My mother had two miscarriages before she was able to get pregnant. My wife and I have been trying for 1.5 years to get pregnant. I'm a 34 year old male. Is infertility hereditary from my mom?

My mother had two miscarriages before she was able to get pregnant.  My wife and I have been trying for 1.5 years to get pregnant.  I'm a 34 year old male.  Is infertility hereditary from my mom?

Need more info: The fact that your mother had two miscarriages might indicate that she had some type of genetic abnormality that was passed on to those embryos, but she was able to carry other pregnancies to term. That is reassuring. Most couples (95%) will be pregnant after no protection for 1.5 years. It may be time to begin a fertility work-up. ...Read more

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Might infertility be hereditary?

Might infertility be hereditary?

Sometimes: Some causes of infertility (ovulatory disorders, uterine abnormalities, "possibly" endometriosis) can be inherited; some not. "infertility" is not inherited, it's too general a term. ...Read more

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Can i be infertile?

Can i be infertile?

Infertility: If you have been having sex for one year and not doing anything to prevent pregnancy, then you are considered infertile. Some couples just take longer to get pregnant, it doesn't mean there is any problem. If the woman is over 35, we recommend testing after 6 month, you don't have to wait a full year. ...Read more

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What causes Infertility?

Basic Infertility: Many different causes contribute to infertility. There are male factors (sperm), ovary factors (the making and releasing of eggs), and factors that interfere with the sperm and egg joining (endometriosis, blockage in the tubes or uterus, etc). There are also less common and unknown factors. A careful evaluation by a GYN specialist can help most couples. ...Read more

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What does infertile mean?

Infertility: Inability to conceive within a year (or 6 months if over 35) after unprotected intercourse. See a fertility specialist if it is taking longer! ...Read more

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What can cause infertility?

What can cause infertility?

Multiple: At age 44 many women are infertile due to having higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities in their eggs. This is a normal aging process in women. Males over 40 also have slightly higher rates of infertility due to age but age affects females much more. Other causes are blocked tubes, pcos, endometriosis and medical issues such as obesity and thyroid disease. ...Read more

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What does infertility mean?

It depends: For younger women (younger than 35), we can use the traditional definition of 1 year or trying to conceive. For women 35-40, 6 months is enough time to consider seeing a specialist for an evaluation. And for women older than 40, it is important to seek help as soon as you are ready! ...Read more

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What can cause infertility?

What can cause infertility?

Top diagnoses: Top reasons: 1) male infertility, tied with 2) female ovulatory dysfunction, followed by 3) tubal disease (female.) 'infertility' is defined by unprotected intercourse for one year. This is based on observing 85% of normal couples conceive in that time. ...Read more

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How do you detect infertility?

Detect infertility: You detect infertility when you have had intercourse but never pregnant. If this persists over time please see a gynecologist. You should go together with your significant other because the problem may be on his side not yours. ...Read more