Female infertility: Is it inherited?

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Female infertility: Can it be inherited?

Question

Is infertility inherited? My mother had trouble conceiving. Now, I'm having the same problem.

Pam
Illinois

Answer

Infertility is a complex problem that can arise from a number of factors involving one or both partners. Sometimes the exact cause can't be identified. Although female infertility is not directly inherited, many conditions — some with a genetic component — may play a role. For example, some ovulation disorders are inherited. But other common causes of female infertility — such as fallopian tube blockage or damage — are not inherited.

Last Updated: 09/05/2006
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