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Infertility is a problem that affects something like one couple in every ten. Think about that. It is a remarkable figure. One out of every ten couples can't have a baby which they desperately want. There are said to be approximately 40 possible physical causes of infertility, although you could probably find more if you looked hard enough.

Among women, the common problems are a failure of ovulation and a blockage of the fallopian tubes (often caused by some previous infection). Among men (who are just likely to be the cause of infertility as their partners), the problems commonly include failure to produce spermatozoa in sufficient numbers, and a failure to produce spermatozoa of good enough quality. Those disorders can themselves be traced back to other problems in many causes.

When a woman fails to ovulate, for example, the cause may be a specific disorder such as endometriosis or a general complaint such as a sudden weight loss. When a man doesn't produce enough sperm, or produces sperm of an inferior quality, the basic cause may be an old infection, such as mumps, or an accident. Of course, there can be mechanical causes for infertility.

Teacher: Michael
Many articles taken from 'A word with the doctor', by Dr. John Windsor.


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