Causes of Infertility

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Infertility Causes at a Glance:

  • Ovulation Problems (about 30%) - includes Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), egg quality and age.
  • Tubal (fallopian) Infertility (about 25%) - includes infections, adhesions and endometriosis.
  • Sperm Problems (about 25%) - includes infections, blockages and abnormal sperm.
  • Unexplained infertility (about 15%) - includes immunological, uterine problems and previous tied tubes and vasectomies.

For many couples, once most of the above issues are investigated and assessed and treated, a significant proportion still fail to achieve fertility because of urogenital infection-related issues, past and/or present.

Infertility in general is roughly split 50/50% along gender lines.

Female Infertility Infections:
These primarily cause fallopian tube blockages and endometriosis, and are often referred to as PID - Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Typical pathogens are Gonorrhea, Chlamydia trachomatis and Ureaplasma urealyticum. E. coli and Trichomonas vaginali as well as the fungus Candida.

Male Infertility Infections:
Primarily cause Prostatitis and Epididymitis resulting in blocked, calcified pathways and abnormal, diminished sperm quality. Typical pathogens are Gonorrhea, Chlamydia trachomatis and Ureaplasma urealyticum and E. coli.

Some of the above agents may be asymptomatic, others are often inadequately treated at the time of the original infection occurrence, leading to resistant, well-established infections that in the case of Prostatitis and PID become very difficult to treat.

Excerpt from our library of information:

1/ It's important when searching for causes of infertility to have a very good understanding of the process of ovulation and pregnancy, to have a picture in your mind, rather than just knowing the words. Here's a simple video of the basics

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2/ A graphical example of some causes of infertility is also helpful, especially relating to fallopian and uterus disorders

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Go to the infertility library section where you can look over infertility causes other than infection as an extra aid to ensuring you have covered all your available bases.

Then concentrate on learning about the main pathogen agents, along with PID and male infertility, all as a result of pathogenic infections, either existing as a barrier to infertility now, or having caused damage in the past, or from infections being passed and repassed between you and your partner. Often one partner can be a symptomless carrier, making diagnosis difficult.