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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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