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Does infertility run in families?

Evelyn Minaya, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Some conditions that can lead to infertility run in families. Find out what they are in this video featuring obstetrician and gynecologist Evelyn Minaya, M.D.

There are many causes of infertility, and even though infertility itself doesn't necessarily run in families, some of the causes may be inherited. Certain genetic conditions, like Klinefelter's syndrome and Noonan's syndrome (which may cause undescended testes), can cause infertility, and these conditions may run in families. Some conditions to which a predisposition may be inherited that aren't necessarily associated with the reproductive system may also cause infertility. Examples of these may include diabetes, Cushing's syndrome, and some types of cancer.

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