Causes of Infertility

We Are Experts at Detecting Causes  of Infertility

Our fertility clinic helps couples and individuals understand the facts and statistics about the causes of infertility so they can make informed choices. Infertility is a disease and you deserve the very latest testing and treatments to overcome it.

We ask both partners come in for testing to detect every possible cause of infertility:

  • One third of all cases of infertility have male causes.
  • Female infertility causes another third of all cases.
  • Unexplained infertility, or a combination of male and female factors, accounts for the remaining third of diagnoses in the country.

Our fertility clinic helps pave the way for hundreds of families with solutions you recognize, such as IUI and IVF. Dr. Robert Kaufmann and Dr. Biren Patel also provide breakthrough therapies that were not available a generation ago: preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), intracytoplasmic sperm injection, egg freezing and single embryo IVF.

Whether you have trouble ovulating because of diminished ovarian reserve or suspect male infertility, there is hope at our fertility clinic. We encourage you to schedule a consult and learn more about the causes and treatments available.

Categorizing the Causes of Infertility: Male, Female & Unexplained

Fertility testing equips our reproductive endocrinologists with diagnostic data. Blood work, ultrasound imaging and minimally invasive fertility surgery help pinpoint female causes of infertility.

Semen analysis provides extensive details about potential male infertility. Typically, Dr. Kaufmann and Dr. Patel provide summary information about the causes of infertility within 4-6 weeks of initial consultation.

Causes of Female Infertility

A woman’s reproductive system is complex and something can go wrong in a number of places.

  • Problems with ovulation: Advanced maternal age and diminished ovarian reserve can lead to infertility. It is difficult to get pregnant once a woman stops regularly releasing healthy, chromosomally balanced eggs every month. This can happen at a young age, when we find PCOS. Excessive stress and exercise can interfere with ovulation, too. About one third of patients will have ovulation disorders.
  • Structural problems: Pelvic inflammatory disease or scar tissue can block or damage fallopian tubes. We examine the uterus and fallopian tubes in house, looking for endometriosis, fibroid tumors and scar tissue. Anything that interferes with the transport of eggs can cause female infertility. Risk factors include an abnormally shaped uterus and previous STDs or infections.
  • Unexplained infertility: The most frustrating cause of infertility is the unexplained diagnosis. Our fertility clinic will proceed with a treatment plan that factors in multiple potential causes.

Causes of Male Infertility

Semen analysis will help rule out problems with male infertility. Our fertility clinic provides onsite andrology services in the IVF lab, including a breakthrough treatment called ICSI (ick-see). Male factor infertility is caused by:

  • Genetic disease such as cystic fibrosis
  • Issues with sperm transport, previous pelvic surgery or vasectomy
  • Varicocele
  • Abnormal sperm count, shape or mobility
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Exposure to high heat or toxins such as chemotherapy
  • Unexplained infertility

A semen analysis may reveal azoospermia (no sperm cells are produced) or oligospermia (few sperm cells are produced). In this case, our fertility clinic may refer you to a urologist.

Located in Fort Worth, our fertility clinic serves Dallas, Arlington, Southlake and the Mid Cities in between. Contact us to quickly learn the cause of your infertility so you can make inroads to starting a family.

Did You Know?

Fort Worth Fertility has the only free standing IVF lab in Fort Worth.