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Overview of infertility

Wendy Kuohung, MD
Mark D Hornstein, MD
Section Editor
Robert L Barbieri, MD
Deputy Editor
Kristen Eckler, MD, FACOG


Infertility is a common condition with important psychologic, economic, demographic, and medical implications. Demand for infertility services has grown substantially even though the prevalence of infertility has been stable. This phenomenon may be due to entry of the "baby boom" generation into the reproductive age group during a period of highly publicized technologic advances, and unparalleled publicity given to fertility issues in the lay press.

This topic review will provide an overview of infertility issues. More detailed discussions of both male and female infertility are found elsewhere.

(See "Causes of female infertility".)

(See "Evaluation of female infertility".)

(See "Treatments for female infertility".)

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