The Main Causes of Infertility

To understand why you’re struggling is to overcome your 1st obstacle.

Uncertainty is the most stressful part of going through infertility. But, learning about the common causes of infertility will eliminate that fear and frustration.

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The causes of infertility are varied but typically include age, physical condition, hormone levels, or exposure to adverse environmental factors such as medicines or illnesses.


Most women are never officially diagnosed until they begin struggling with infertility and seek help in getting pregnant.

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Common treatments for uterine and tubal issues such as fibroids, polyps, and tubal ligation include ovulation induction, IUI, IVF, or minor surgery.

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About 12% of all reported infertility cases result from a woman either weighing too much or too little.

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Male Factors

Sometimes it is easier to determine the root of infertility in men than in women. That is to say, a simple semen analysis will either rule out male factor infertility or confirm it. Issues may stem from sperm production, abnormal size or shape, or obstruction.
A male may experience infertility due to reduced sperm production, hormone imbalance, obstructive problems affecting the transfer of sperm to semen, or the adverse effects of environment, medications, or illnesses.

Causes of Infertility in Women

Female causes for infertility are varied, but the number one reason a woman may struggle to become pregnant on her own is due to age. Moreover,  a woman is born with a finite number of eggs. Typically speaking, the quality of her eggs begins to decline in her 30’s.

After age 40, chromosomal abnormalities begin to show up. However, if a woman enters premature ovarian failure or begins to display symptoms of perimenopause like irregular periods or ovulation, infertility treatment should begin as soon as possible.

Other reasons a woman can’t get pregnant on her own may include ectopic pregnancy, a simple hormone imbalance, the effects of being over or underweight, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids or polyps in the uterus, hyperprolactinemia, or hypothalamic amenorrhea.

Rebecca’s Success Story

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”

I was on a really traditional path – college, job, marriage, then start a family. Except, when I got to the kids part, it just wasn’t happening for me. Spending a lot of time stressing and crying over what might be wrong with me or what I could be doing wrong, and I can’t describe the relief I felt when I finally found out that all I had to do was remove a fibroid. The same year I had my Tommy, I couldn’t thank Dr. Morgan and his staff enough. They were great! – Rebecca M.

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is one of the leading causes of infertility among women and, unfortunately, among the most misdiagnosed.  Learn more. 

Not everyone requires In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Medication or simple surgery may eliminate the obstacle to pregnancy.  Learn more.

Tubal ligation reversal is sometimes not possible or advisable. Get the facts in order to make an informed decision.  Learn more.

More common than you might think, approximately 30% of reported infertility cases are categorized as “unexplained” by specialists.  Learn more.

The staff at Morgan Fertility are dedicated to excellence and committed to assisting you during your fertility journey.

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