You probably can’t talk with your friends about male infertility, and may even hesitate to discuss it with your partner. A fertility specialist, however, has conversations every day with men who want to know more about male factor infertility: what it is, why they have it and how they can beat it.
You might be surprised to learn that male infertility is quite common. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine points to studies that show male factor infertility accounts for about 40 percent of all cases of infertility. If you and your partner have experienced trouble getting pregnant, there’s a 50-50 chance that male infertility plays a role in the problem.
Now for the solution: Male factor infertility is no match for
advanced fertility treatments.
A consultation with a fertility doctor at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates can quickly diagnose the cause. In some cases, simple lifestyle changes can alleviate male infertility.
Our fertility doctors recommend avoiding hot tubs and saunas. We’ll also ask about occupations that could interfere with fertility.
Here’s what you can expect in a male fertility exam at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates:
1) A conversation about your health habits and family history that may contribute to male factor infertility.
2) A semen analysis, the gold standard of male infertility testing, will help rule out obvious reasons your sperm may not fertilize an egg. Semen analysis to look at sperm quality and quantity should take place first, even before female infertility testing begins.
3) Additional tests on a semen sample will screen for the presence of sperm antibodies.
When you feel overwhelmed by infertility, remember that it is not a female or male problem. Infertility is a disease that affects couples, and effective treatment can help you overcome it so that you can move forward with your plans to start a family.
In moderate to severe cases of male infertility, we’ll discuss intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) as a way to circumvent issues with the sperm fertilizing the egg. Paired with in-vitro fertilization (IVF), ICSI involves injecting sperm directly into the egg in a lab setting.
If you have tried for more than one year to get pregnant, or six months when the female partner is over 35, contact the specialists at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates. Our goal is to help you become a father with leading-edge male infertility treatment.