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1. Not fertile; unproductive or barren.
2. Biology
a. Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.
b. Not fertilized and hence incapable of growing and developing: infertile duck eggs.
3. Not capable of sustaining crops or vegetation: infertile land.
4. Unproductive or producing little: a path of research that proved infertile.


Etymology: L, in, not, fertilis, fruitful
denoting the inability to produce offspring. This condition may be present in one or both sex partners and may be temporary and reversible. The cause may be physical, including immature sexual organs, abnormalities of the reproductive system, hormonal imbalance, and dysfunction or anomalies in other organ systems, or it may result from psychological or emotional problems. The condition is classified as primary, in which pregnancy has never occurred, and secondary, when one or more pregnancies have occurred. Compare sterile.


lacking reproductive potential. see FERTILITY.


adj unable to produce offspring.

Patient discussion about infertile

Q. can staphylococcus in woman cause infertility? staphylococcus/infertility

A. Not that I know about. One of the major routes in which bacteria cause infertility in women is through inflammation of the pelvis (PID), but staphylococcus isn't a major cause of this disease.

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Q. help program for infertil couple MY NAME IS ALEX AND I'M 44 YEARDS OLD AND MY WIFE IS NILDA AND SHE IS 41 YEARS OLD

A. Your infertility treatment plan will depend on the cause or causes behind your infertility. Infertility treatment also depends on whether the problem is from the woman’s side, the man’s side, both sides, or remains unexplained.The good news is that 85% to 90% of couples dealing with infertility are treated with low-tech treatments, like medication or surgery, with less than 3% being treated by Assisted Reproductive Technologies, like IVF. Of those treated for infertility, two-thirds will go onto have a baby. A common cause of infertility in women, ovulation disorders account for about 25% of female factor infertility cases. The first line of treatment for most women with ovulation problems is through medication. Fertility drugs can help a woman ovulate 80% of the time. For the full article: Hope this helps.

Q. Is it possible to have babies after getting chemo? I heard it makes you infertile…

A. It is correct, both chemotherapy and radiation therapy can damage both male and female reproduction cells and cause infertility. That is because of the large toxic effect these treatments have on fast dividing cellsin the body. However, before starting therapy usually they take out both eggs or sperms from the patient and freeze them, in order to allow maintanence of healthy cells for the future in case they would like to have children.

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Merck Foundation salutes these infertile women in Gambia, who shared their stories of suffering and discrimination.
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Recent clinical studies have highlighted the crucial importance of PLCz in human fertilization, reporting that sperm from infertile patients, who exhibited failed fertilization even after the most powerful in vitro fertilization techniques, contained either reduced amounts or mutated forms of this protein, Dr Michail Nomikos said.
Due to non-normality and the small sample size, we used non-parametric tests like Mann-Whitney U test to compare variables between fertile and infertile groups, and Spearman's correlation to explore the possible relation among the variables.
The sample size was 160 infertile women of reproductive age group selected through consecutive sampling technique.
Table 3 explains serum concentrations of FSH and LH levels in infertile and fertile men groups.
Keeping the abovementioned points in mind, we intended to do a study to look for thyroid disorders among the primary infertile female patients attending our hospital and to see the association of serum prolactin level and TSH level, if any.
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Results: The mean anxiety subscale score and depression subscale score of HADS were slightly higher in the infertile group than in controls, but the differences were not statistically significant.
In 2007, there were approximately two m men in the United States and three m men in Europe between the ages of 25 and 44 diagnosed as infertile.