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7 Leading Causes of Female Infertility

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6) Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

One important reason to get tested for STDs is that some can make women infertile. PID can result from chlamydia and gonorrhea. These bacteria can scar the fallopian tubes, making it nearly impossible for egg and sperm to ever meet.

7) Uterine or cervical abnormalities

Uterine or cervical abnormalities include problems with the cervical opening or mucus, or abnormalities in the uterine cavity or shape. Benign tumors (uterine fibroids) in the uterine wall rarely cause infertility. But these uterine fibroids may distort the uterine cavity and thus interfere with implanting the fertilized egg.

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Reviewed April 3, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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