Despite being as common as female infertility, male factor infertility is not only misunderstood - it is not even considered in some cases. Treating male infertility is possible when an accurate diagnosis has been made. Once the root cause of a man's infertility has been accurately diagnosed, treatment is possible. Then, a personalized treatment care plan will be designed to resolve the problem.
Focus of Male Infertility Treatment
The male plays a critical role in a couple's ability to get pregnant naturally. Infertility is diagnosed after a couple has been unable to conceive after one year of unprotected, regular sexual intercourse.
- Produce adequate amounts of testosterone
- Produce sperm
- Have sperm that are normally shaped
- Have sperm that move correctly – in the correct direction at the right speed
- Be able to move produced sperm from the testes to the ejaculate
Male Factor Infertility Treatment
In about 30 percent of cases in which a couple is unable to conceive, male factor infertility plays a role.
- Bulging veins above the testicles
- Hormone issues
- Treatment for cancer
Some of the above medical conditions are easily treated and can be reversed. Others, may be permanent. The only way to be sure about a correct diagnosis and treatment plan is to consult with a fertility expert.
For some men, sperm production is not a concern, but rather sperm movement. Sperm are produced in the testes and must move to the urethra to exit the body. If this does not happen, a man’s semen will not have any sperm.
This can be caused by:
- Sperm moving into the bladder rather than out of the penis
- Auto-immune issues where the body attacks the sperm
- Blockages or missing vas deferens
In many cases, these issues can be addressed, or sperm can be surgically retrieved from the testes for use in future fertility treatmenst.
The third aspect of male fertility is the health of the sperm that are produced. Sperm that are abnormally shaped or do not move correctly will have difficulty reaching and fertilizing an egg. A male infertility treatment specialist specialist can help.
Male Infertility Treatment Specialists
It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility and design treatment protocol that is best for you as an individual. Customized male infertility treatment at New Hope Fertility NYC offers the highest success rates and best overall patient satisfaction.