The Center for Reproductive Medicine is committed to providing the best care possible to patients who are struggling to conceive. But many people are unsure of the difference between normal physiological processes and signs of potential fertility problems. At our offices in Lake Mary, Celebration, and Orlando, Florida, we believe that understanding infertility, its common causes, and how we are able to treat it helps patients who are undergoing treatment as well as couples who are trying to conceive naturally.
What Is Infertility and What Causes It?
Generally, infertility is defined as an inability to conceive within one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse. Infertility can be primary, in which case the couple has never had children, or secondary, in which case the couple has been able to have children in the past but is now unable to conceive.
There are numerous problems that can cause infertility, which is why we perform thorough testing procedures on all of our patients. In roughly one-third of infertility cases, the problem is a type of male factor infertility. Another third is represented by problems in the female reproductive system. The final third is made up of unexplained infertility and cases in which there is a combination of both male and female infertility.
Below are some of the most common causes of female infertility. For detailed information about common causes of infertility in men, please visit our Male Factor Infertility page.
Do I Need a Reproductive Endocrinologist?
The majority of couples are advised to attempt to conceive naturally for one full year before seeking medical intervention. However, certain people should seek a reproductive endocrinologist after no more than six months of trying to conceive or earlier in some cases. This includes anyone with a known reproductive condition or a history of infertility, as well as women over the age of 35.