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Male Factor Infertility

June 01, 2006

Infertility occurs when there has been sexual activity for one year without a pregnancy occurring, in the absence of contraception. It affects 10% of couples. Traditionally, infertility has been thought of as a female problem, and it is typically women who approach the health care system for help with this “couple’s problem”. It is now generally accepted that 30-40% of infertility is in whole or in part due to a male factor.

Infertility has three main causes: (1) ovulation problems; (2) tubal problems; (3) male factor. Each factor contributes approximately 1/3 to infertility as a whole. About 10% of infertility has no obvious cause.  In this publication, Dr. Debra Ravasia discusses specifically male factor infertility.

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