Infertility News

Infertility refers to the inability to conceive or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. It can occur for a variety of complex reasons, and it can affect both men and women. In fact, almost an equal number of cases of infertility can be attributed to men and women. There are also a number of cases of infertility that simply can’t be explained or are attributable to factors in both the man and the woman.

Medically, a couple is often diagnosed with having infertility if they have tried at the right times to produce a baby with no success for a full year, or for six months if they're trying to conceive and are older than 35.

Causes of Infertility

A whole host of factors can contribute to infertility in both men and women. Often, people can be infertile but show no symptoms so they won’t know it until they try to conceive a child. Lifestyle factors such as older age, a heavier weight, smoking or alcohol abuse can all contribute to infertility. Certain diseases can also cause infertility, including some sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis and tubal diseases. Some environmental exposures can also lead to infertility.


If you or your partner is found to be infertile, there are now more treatment options than ever before. A variety of medications can be taken by both men and women to boost fertility or reduce certain problems that may cause the inability to have a baby. Artificial insemination is sometimes also used to inject the partner’s or a donor’s sperm into the woman at the time of ovulation. In vitro fertilization is a process in which the woman’s egg is fertilized by the man’s sperm outside of the body in a laboratory. The fertilized egg is then implanted in the woman’s uterus. These are just a handful of the many options available to medically address the problem of infertility.

SOURCE: National Infertility Association

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Underactive Thyroid and Infertility

Even a slightly underactive thyroid can impact fertility, new study finds.

Fertility Tests May Not Be Best Gauge of Your Biological Clock

Doctors say age remains a better indicator of a woman's 'reproductive potential'

As Men's Weight Rises, Sperm Health May Fall

But shedding pounds may bring them back to normal, researcher says

Do Flame Retardants Hinder Infertility Treatments?

Study found link between exposure to a certain chemical and failed in-vitro fertilization attempts

Sperm Counts Continue to Decline in Western Nations: Review

How this might affect male fertility isn't clear, researchers say

Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: Study

Parent questionnaires revealed no physical, mental distinctions at school age

Dad-to-Be's Age Can Affect Fertility Treatment Success

Biggest effects seen for younger women with older men

Most Relationships Survive Struggles With Infertility

Study finds couples who seek in vitro fertilization are not at added risk of divorce

Guys, a Noisy Bedroom May Not Be Good for Your Fertility

South Korean study found a quieter room was tied to better odds for fatherhood

Consider Acupuncture for Incontinence, Not Certain Infertility Cases

Research yields mixed results for this traditional Chinese treatment

Heart Disease: A Price Humans Pay for Fertility?

Study finds genes that boost risk for cardiovascular trouble also up chances of having children

Less Invasive Procedure May Treat Fibroids Without Harming Fertility

Study found blocking blood flow to growths worked for women who went on to conceive, have children

Century-Old Technique May Help Infertile Couples Conceive Without IVF

In study, flushing fallopian tubes with an oil allowed 40 percent of couples to achieve pregnancy

Mouse Gives Birth to Pups Using 3-D Printed Ovary

Breakthrough might someday lead to similar organs for infertile women, researchers say

Shift Work May Put Damper on a Man's Sex Life

Disrupted sleep patterns could explain the link, three studies suggest

Health Insurance a Key to IVF Success, Researchers Say

At $12,000 and up a cycle, many forgo second attempt if they don't have coverage

Smartphone Infertility App

Researchers develop at-home fertility test for men using smartphone app.

Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

It analyzes samples in seconds, with 98 percent accuracy, in the privacy of a man's home, researchers say

Many U.S. Women Have No Access to Fertility Clinics: Study

Among those of childbearing age, 29 percent had no clinic, while another 11 percent had only one

Failed Fertility Treatments, Poorer Heart Health Later?

Study found small link, but researchers not sure if treatments or underlying health problems to blame

Daylight Savings Time May Lower Chances of IVF Success for Some: Study

Rates of miscarriage higher for those with a previous miscarriage

Could Night Shifts, Heavy Lifting Impair a Woman's Fertility?

It's possible, but researcher stresses cause-and-effect link not proven

2.5 Million U.S. Women Have Condition That Can Cause Infertility

Pelvic inflammatory disease often caused by sexually transmitted infections, CDC experts say

STDs and Fertility

Millions of women have had a condition that increases the risk of infertility, new study finds.

Don't Ban Anonymous Sperm Donations: Study

Researchers say it could shrink donor pool, lead to higher fees

Scientists Design Heat-Activated Penis Implant

Device an improvement on current implants, researchers say

Men Don't Know About Risks to Fertility, Survey Finds

It's not commonly known that factors such as obesity, laptop use on lap can affect sperm counts

Fertility Treatments Marketed in U.K. Without Proof They Work: Study

Except for IVF, success rates for many procedures remain in doubt, researchers say

Researchers Put Embryo Development 'On Hold' in Mice

Putting stem cells into hibernation has potential implications for infertility, cancer, regenerative medicine

Online Calculator May Help Couples Predict Fertility Rx Success

But researchers say they plan to fine-tune the tool

Could Zika Harm Men's Fertility?

Mouse study hints at an effect, but studies in humans needed

FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements

Many American men take them, but heart and psychological issues can occur, agency says

Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility

Study found too little or too much shuteye linked to reduced chance of pregnancy

Fewer Birth Defects for Older Moms Who Have Fertility Treatments

In vitro fertilization cut the rate in half for women over 40, study finds

Males Conceived Via Fertility Treatment May Have Weakened Sperm: Study

Procedure that injects sperm into egg was linked with lower quantity and quality of offspring's sperm

Doctors Perform 1st U.S. Living-Donor Uterine Transplant

Infertility procedure was tried in 4 women but has remained successful in only one, Texas team says

Can Stress Lower a Woman's Fertility?

Greatest impact is around ovulation time, research suggests

Know Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer -- and the Symptoms

Because early signs are often easy to ignore, 140,000 women worldwide die of the disease every year

Antipsychotic Meds Pose Little Danger to Fetus, Study Finds

Researchers report no significant rise in defects for babies exposed during first trimester

Infertility Patients' Mental Health Problems Often Unaddressed

'We're doing a terrible job of it,' researcher says