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Causes and signs of infertility

If you are struggling with fertility, you are not alone. Infertility and fertility issues affect about 10% of all people – men and women - in the United States. Many factors affect the ability to get pregnant, and it isn't always easy to identify a specific cause. While reproductive health often focuses on the woman, men are equally as likely to have trouble with fertility. Sometimes, there are contributing factors in both partners, or the cause is unclear.

The most common cause of infertility in women is not ovulating. Some factors that can cause you not to ovulate include:

  • Aging
  • Damage to the fallopian tubes from conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis
  • Tubal ligation (having your “tubes tied”). This is a form of permanent birth control that prevents ovulation by blocking the fallopian tubes. If you've had a ligation but now want to get pregnant, it may be possible to reverse the operation. However, reversal isn't successful in all cases.

Besides complications with ovulation, scarring in the womb and abdomen can also lead to infertility when the scar tissue makes it difficult for the egg to implant on the wall of the uterus.

Other Factors That Can Impact Fertility

How is infertility treated?

First, you’ll work with your OB-GYN and other providers to identify what might be causing difficulty with getting pregnant. Based on your individual needs, your providers will help guide you on your best treatment options. Treatment options may include surgery, medications or assisted reproduction/embryo implantation.

Should surgery be your best option, you can feel confident about your care knowing that Novant Health providers are nationally recognized experts in minimally invasive gynecological surgery. Our specialists have performed thousands of robotically assisted laparoscopic surgeries. These precise, technologically advanced surgeries require much smaller incisions and allow you to recover and return to your daily life more quickly than traditional surgery.

Surgical Treatments for Infertility