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11 Top Causes of Female Infertility

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7) Diminished Ovarian Reserve

When the ovary’s ability to produce eggs is diminished because of a genetic, medical, surgical or unexplained cause that’s called DOR. Another thing to remember in regards to DOR, egg production significantly drops after women turn 35.

8) Pelvic Adhesions

Pelvic adhesions lead to scar tissue that can mess up reproductive organs. They are caused by appendicitis, abdominal or pelvic surgery or pelvic infection.

9) Thyroid Problems

Thyroid problems — either too much of the thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) — can disrupt menstrual cycles or cause infertility, stated the Mayo Clinic.

10) Lifestyle Factors

Some experts believe that being significantly overweight or underweight, consuming too much caffeine or alcohol on a regular basis, and smoking may play a part in female infertility, wrote BabyCenter.com.

11) Other Medical Conditions

Conditions such as celiac disease, Cushing's disease, diabetes, kidney disease or sickle cell disease are related to delayed puberty or lack of menstruation, and can negatively affect female fertility.

Reviewed April 26, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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"Infertility FAQs." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

"What Causes Female Infertility?" Stanford.edu. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

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