Cervical Factor Infertility


The cervix is an extension of the lower uterus which protrudes into the vaginal vault. As such, it serves as the gateway into the uterine cavity from the vagina. Sperm ejaculated in the vagina during sexual intercourse must traverse the cervix before entering the uterus. The cervix is lined with glandular tissue which secretes cervical mucus responsible for facilitating the passage of sperm through the cervix. Therefore, abnormalities in the cervix or cervical glands may impede the entry of sperm into the uterus and contribute to infertility.

Cervical factor may occur secondary to the intake of certain medications, cervical or uterine surgery, congenital anomalies, and unexplained factors. Diagnosing cervical factor infertility begins with a comprehensive medical history, which can often determine whether risk factors for cervical factor exist. In the recent past, testing for cervical factor used to include the post coital test, which assessed the behavior of sperm within cervical mucus. Inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the post coital test led to the abandonment of such testing. Today, assessing cervical factor is performed using transvaginal ultrasonography and mock embryo transfers, which can often reveal whether a significant abnormality exists within the cervix.

Treatment for mild cervical factor often involves intrauterine insemination (IUI/artificial insemination) of sperm. This simple technique facilitates the passage of sperm into the uterine cavity by bypassing the cervix and depositing sperm through the cervix directly into the top of the uterine cavity. Severe cervical factor infertility (severe cervical stenosis/stricture, absent cervix) can often be treated with in vitro fertilization and laparoscopic GIFT or ZIFT.

Eliran Mor, MD

Reproductive Endocrinologist located in Encino, Santa Monica, Valencia & West Hollywood, CA

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Doctor Mor received his medical degree from Tel Aviv University-Sackler School of Medicine in Israel. He completed a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Subsequently, Dr. Mor completed a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California. Doctor Mor is Board Certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Throughout his career Dr. Mor has researched many topics in infertility and human reproduction, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); emergency contraception; neuroendocrinology; insulin resistance; male factor infertility; donor sperm insemination; tubal factor infertility; IVF stimulation protocols; congenital uterine anomalies; tubal gamete/embryo transfer (GIFT/ZIFT/TET); pregnancy at advanced reproductive age; and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and continues to do so today. He is a member, in excellent standing, of multiple prestigious medical societies, including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS), the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and remains a Clinical Instructor at USC.

Doctor Mor is one fertility expert who is constantly striving to stay on the cutting-edge of fertility treatments and human reproduction. In addition to monthly Journal Club meetings/publication review sessions and educational seminars/lectures, Dr. Mor attends at least two major Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility meetings each year in an effort to present his patients with the latest in innovative reproductive care. Only interventions that have been tested and validated through multiple good studies are adopted in Dr. Mor’s practice, in an effort to administer safe and effective treatments to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

A true “patients’ doctor,” Dr. Mor is and will be your physician throughout your fertility journey! All consultations, after-hour inquiries, pelvic examinations, ultrasound examinations, diagnostic procedures, assisted reproductive procedures (egg retrievals, embryo transfers...), and surgical procedures, if needed, will be performed by Dr. Mor. Involvement in every aspect of your fertility care and complete micromanagement of your treatment makes Dr. Mor your ideal partner in your path to becoming pregnant.

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Doctor Mor is a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility expert with extensive experience in the most advanced fertility treatments available. Under his leadership, CCRH has become renowned for superior reproductive care, receiving rave reviews year after year. The Center is a boutique practice with exceptionally personalized service, customized and individually-tailored to each person or couple's needs with unmatched results.

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