Are men or women more prone to infertility?

Infertility is defined as being unable to become pregnant after 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse. It affects 10% to 15% of couples. There are many reasons why men and women can be infertile. Sometimes, there is no clear cause. About a quarter of the time, the reason is due to male factors. Just shy of half of the time, there are female factors that contribute to a couple's difficulty becoming pregnant.
Infertility is a medical problem. Approximately 30% of infertility is due to female factor and 30% is due to male factor. In the balance of the cases, infertility results from problems in both partners or the cause of the infertility is "unexplained".

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