Male Infertility | Overview

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What is infertility?

Infertility is the inability to get pregnant after trying for at least 1 year without using birth control. About 15% of couples are infertile.

How often are male factors involved?

About one-third of cases of infertility are caused by male factors alone. A combination of male and female factors causes about one-third of cases of infertility.

When should I see a doctor?

Usually, a couple should wait to see a doctor until after they've tried to get pregnant for a year. However, it's okay to see a doctor sooner, especially if the woman's age may be a factor.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00

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