Are Fertility Problems Hereditary?

Are Fertility Problems Hereditary?

It is only natural to wonder if fertility problems are hereditary. If your parents had problems conceiving you, are you going to have problems conceiving your own children? If you had a difficult time getting pregnant with your child, does that mean that your kids are inevitably going to have their own struggles when they are ready to have children? Today we try to answer the difficult question of whether or not fertility problems are hereditary. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Usually not, but maybe

The good news? Usually not. For the most part, fertility problems are not hereditary or genetic. However, there are so very many different and varying causes for infertility. Depending on what the underlying causes of infertility are, those issues can sometimes be hereditary.

Endometriosis? Yes.

One of the most common causes for infertility that can in fact be hereditary, is endometriosis. Endometriosis is when uterine tissue is found somewhere outside of the uterus. Sometimes endometriosis can be fixed through surgery or other treatment methods. However, endometriosis is one of the rare causes of infertility that can be passed down through generations.

Poor egg quality? No.

Poor egg quality or low ovarian reserve are not generally considered to be hereditary causes of infertility. Just because a woman’s egg quality might be poor, doesn’t mean that the egg quality of her daughters will be poor also. Also, if a woman has a low ovarian reserve, she doesn’t have to worry about that problem being passed down to her daughters.

Ovulation problems? Maybe.

Ovulation problems are a tricky one. Sometimes they might be hereditary, and sometimes not. There are so many causes for ovulation problems that it can be hard to say for sure if they are hereditary. For example, PCOS is an ovulation problem that can sometimes be hereditary, but it doesn’t have to be. It just depends on the case.

Male infertility problems? No.

Male infertility issues, such as low sperm count, or poor sperm motility, are not generally hereditary. They can sometimes be attributed to genetics, however most likely they are not. A much more common cause of male infertility problems are lifestyle factors or environmental factors.

Lifestyle factors? Maybe.

If you have fertility problems that are attributed to lifestyle factors, those can possibly be hereditary. For example, if your fertility issues are due to exposure to harmful chemicals or heavy metals that are known to cause infertility, those perhaps can be passed on to future generations.

As you can see, it is hard to really say for sure if fertility problems can be passed down to future generations. Usually this is not possible, but sometimes it can happen. Your doctor can help you determine if your fertility issues will be passed down or not.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.