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What You Should Know About Infertility’s Most Common Cause


InfertilityThe process of becoming pregnant begins with – and depends on – ovulation, when a woman’s body releases an egg from one of her ovaries to be available for fertilization.

Ovulation problems are the most common cause of female infertility. They occur in about 20 percent of the 6.1 million women in the United States ages 16 to 44 who have difficulty getting or staying pregnant.

Most ovulation problems, in turn, result from a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Fortunately, relatively inexpensive oral drugs can effectively treat PCOS, allowing many women to conceive.

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