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What does infertile mean?

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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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Infertility (Definition)

Infertility = inability to conceive or if a woman under age 35 - not being able to get pregnant after having regular sex for a year without birth control use. For a woman over 35 years old is not being able to get pregnant after having regular ...Read more


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What does infertility mean?

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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I was told that the changes in the peritoneal fluid due to endometriosis is one of the causes of my infertility. What does this mean?

I was told that the changes in the peritoneal fluid due to endometriosis is one of the causes of my infertility. What does this mean?

Endo is inflammatory: Endometriosis causes an inflammatory reaction. This produces "mini-hormones" that can affect many aspects of the reproductive process including ovulation, tubal pick-up of the egss, and implantation. ...Read more

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Can having p.I.D automatically means infertility?

Can having p.I.D automatically means infertility?

Maybe: Pid can cause blocking of the fallopian tubes. Any evaluation of the tubes by a hsg can determine if there is an issue. ...Read more

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What is meant by male infertility ?

What is meant by male infertility ?

Abnormal sperm: Male infertility implies that the infertility is due to the male partner--ie abnormal sperm (low count, low morphology, poor motility) , no sperm, chromosomal abnormality etc. ...Read more

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Does colorless semen mean infertility or a disease? Or is it normal?

Does colorless semen mean infertility or a disease? Or is it normal?

No, ...: Semen color gives no hint for male infertility, but its sperm count, concentration, motility, etc. would say something about the odd to fertilize a timely waiting egg usually in Fallopian tube. So, what you saw could be normal for you. More concern for infertility? Seek evaluation and counseling... ...Read more

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Is colorless semen means a disease or infertility or it could be normal ?

Is colorless semen means a disease or infertility or it could be normal
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It could be normal: In general, infertility is tested when a couple have been trying to have a baby for 2 years and were unsuccessful. One of the first tests to do is a semen analysis which can tell if there is any issue with the sperm quality. That being said, a colorless semen could be normal, but if worried, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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If a woman is anorexic does this mean that she will also become infertile?

If a woman is anorexic does this mean that she will also become infertile?

NOt always: Women who have had anorexia in the past may have infertiltiy issues in the future. It may depend on the severity of the anorexia or whether she may have additional problems with anovutlation or other problems related to infertility. If you have had that history it is important to discuss your desire to achieve a pregnancy in the future so that you can be evaluated before you attempt pregnancy. ...Read more

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Recently found out i have mild patches of endometriosis , does this mean am infertile? I have 2children i dont no how long ive had the endometriosis.

Recently found out i have mild patches of endometriosis , does this mean am infertile? I have 2children i dont no how long ive had the endometriosis.

Good news/bad news: The good news is that you were able to get pregnant, have 2 children and have a period of menstrual cessation which minimizes endometriosis spread. The bad news is that endometriosis can get worse and be a future cause for infertility if not treated. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has lumpy sperm does this mean that he is infertile?

Not: Certain what lumpy sperms means but it will not indicate infertility. A fertility clinic can evaluate his sperms for viability and adequate quantity ...Read more

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Does having really bad pain with endometriosis mean your infertile?

Does having really bad pain with endometriosis mean your infertile?

Not necessarily : Many women with endometriosis are fertlle. If one is not ready to conceive one must use contraception. A 3 month at a time contraceptive pill like seasonale is good as are several others. Theses types of pills tend to slow down the endometriosis. See your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if a man is infertile does that mean that he has no sperm?

Can you tell me what you suggest if a man is infertile does that mean that he has no sperm?

Yes, here is...: A personal hx of impregnating any females in the past will suggest; otherwise, there's no quick easy way to tell. But remember: some 10-15% of couples may have the issue of possible infertility; some 50% of the time from women's factors, some 30% from male's factors, and some 20% from both. If still in doubt, go to see expert for a good history, physical exam, and semen analysis, and others. ...Read more

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If you've had unprotected sex over 300 times in the past 2 years does that mean your infertile?

If you've had unprotected sex over 300 times in the past 2 years does that mean your infertile?

No, BUT!!!: The number of times alone intercourse occurrs is not a determinant of fertility. Many other factors play a role for both the woman and man. But, unless this question is hypothetical for the age of 15 listed above, this type of activity is extremely risky. Pregnancy at age 15 has increased risk and is a poor choice overall for the mother and child. Sti's risk is high including chlamydia and hiv. ...Read more

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Does having varicocele mean you're infertile? What options/actions could be taken to reduce the odds?

Not necessarily : While having a varicocele is associated with male factor infertility, it is not all-or-none. Many fertile men have a varicocele. Management of varicoceles in men with infertility are best addressed by a urologist who specializes in male infertility. Not all varicoceles are the same. In addition, surgery may be avoided depending on if undergoing infertility treatment (e.g. Ivf-icsi). ...Read more

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My husband's sperm is kinda clumpy and it has a grainy texture does this mean he is infertile/have trouble having kids?

My husband's sperm is kinda clumpy and it has a grainy texture does this mean he is infertile/have trouble having kids?

Not really: Texture is a small part of the character of semen, but it doesn't necessarily determine fertility, the activity and structure/function of the sperm cells determines viability, as well as viscosity and other more specific qualities of semen... ...Read more

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I got a positive ovulation stick and wondering if i had a baby before and i'm ovulating does that mean i'm not infertile?

Complicated: If you had a positive ovulation test mid-cycle, then you are ovulating, or releasing an egg. However there are many factors to fertility. Your fallopian tubes must be open, or patent, to allow the egg to be fertilized and to make it to the uterus. You also need the right or one levels and uterine environment. But it's a good start. ...Read more