Infertility

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant after one year (or longer) of unprotected sex.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Recent weight loss

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

  • Fine tremor of the fingers

  • Abnormal menstruation

  • Menstrual abnormality (duration or volume)

  • Edema

  • Headache

Possible causes

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Are you having trouble getting pregnant despite trying for some time?

  • Have you lost weight recently?

  • Do you have abnormal menstrual cycles e.g. too early or too late

  • Are you concerned about your sexual performance due to erectile dysfunction (inability to obtain and maintain an erection firm for sex)?

  • Have you ever had a history of difficulty in getting pregnant?

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Symptoms from the same body system / part

References

  • Gnoth C, Godehardt E, Frank-Herrmann P, Friol K, Tigges J, Freundl G. Definition and prevalence of subfertility and infertility. Hum Reprod. 2005 May;20(5):1144-7. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deh870. Epub 2005 Mar 31. PMID: 15802321.

    https://academic.oup.com/humrep/article/20/5/1144/2356853

  • Starc A, Trampuš M, Pavan Jukić D, Rotim C, Jukić T, Polona Mivšek A. INFERTILITY AND SEXUAL DYSFUNCTIONS: A SYSTEMATIC LITERATURE REVIEW. Acta Clin Croat. 2019 Sep;58(3):508-515. doi: 10.20471/acc.2019.58.03.15. PMID: 31969764; PMCID: PMC6971809.

    https://hrcak.srce.hr/clanak/334746

  • Cunningham J. Infertility: A primer for primary care providers. JAAPA. 2017 Sep;30(9):19-25. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000522130.01619.b7. PMID: 28787288.

    https://journals.lww.com/jaapa/Fulltext/2017/09000/Infertility__A_primer_for_primary_care_providers.4.aspx

  • Infertility Workup for the Women's Health Specialist: ACOG Committee Opinion, Number 781. Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Jun;133(6):e377-e384. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003271. PMID: 31135764.

    https://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Fulltext/2019/06000/Infertility_Workup_for_the_Women_s_Health.47.aspx

  • Matzuk MM, Lamb DJ. The biology of infertility: research advances and clinical challenges. Nat Med. 2008 Nov;14(11):1197-213. doi: 10.1038/nm.f.1895. Epub 2008 Nov 6. PMID: 18989307; PMCID: PMC3786590.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/nm.f.1895

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