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Infertility

Infertility is usually defined as not being able to get pregnant after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. A broader view of infertility includes not being able to carry a pregnancy to term. 

There are many causes of infertility.  For about 4 couples in 10 it will relate to a sperm problem. In another 4 couples in 10 there will be a female reproductive cause.  Sometimes there is a combination of factors.

If you are female, your fertility may depend on:

Adult males may be affected by:

  • problems with the tubes connected to the testes
  • low sperm production
  • high numbers of abnormal sperm
  • genetic problems
  • problems with sperm DNA.

Follow the links below to find trusted information about infertility.

Last reviewed: July 2016

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Infertility

Whether you are trying to fall pregnant for the first time, or are already parents who would like more children, infertility can be a stressful and frustrating experience for everyone involved.

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Male infertility - myDr.com.au

Find out more about the causes of male infertility.

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Female infertility - myDr.com.au

Find out more about the causes of female infertility and the tests that can help diagnose these problems.

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Male Infertility - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment | Andrology Australia

Infertility is a widespread problem. For about one in five infertile couples the problem lies solely in the male partner (male infertility).

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Male Infertility: A guide for men and their partners | Andrology Australia

The small but comprehensive booklet provides evidence-based information on the causes and possible treatment for male infertility.

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Problems becoming pregnant

Information for those who can't get pregnant including when you should see your doctor, plus links to trusted resources.

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Male fertility problems | Andrology Australia

Low sperm count? What causes male infertility? What are your options? Free info: www.andrologyaustralia.org

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Australian Websites | Andrology Australia

Australian Websites ACCESS [www.access.org.au] Australia's National Infertility Network is an independent, non-profit consumer based organisation who represent a national voice for infertile men and women.

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Sperm Health | myVMC

Some known causes of male infertility include low sperm count or non-functioning sperm. Sperm health can be affected by several factors.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Support Groups | Andrology Australia

Support Groups in Australia ACCESS [www.access.org.au] Australia's National Infertility Network is a independent, non-profit consumer based organisation who represent a national voice for infertile men and women. Phone: 1800 888 896 Genetic Alliance Australia [www.geneticalliance.org.

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