Understanding Male Infertility

IVF babyMale infertility plays a role for nearly half of all couples that are unable to conceive. Male factor should be considered as a primary or contributing cause for any couple that has been unable to conceive after a year of trying.

Causes of Male Infertility

There are a number of conditions that can lead to infertility in men, but the majority of male infertility cases are linked to the following issues:

  • Decreased sperm count
  • Sperm motility issues
  • Abnormal sperm shape
  • Varicocele (group of dilated varicose veins in the spermatic cord)
  • History of vasectomy

Other conditions affecting male fertility include anatomical, hormonal or genetic issues.

Diagnosing Male Infertility

Following a thorough medical history, a semen analysis is done to determine the amount of sperm present and to look for abnormalities in sperm structure or movement.

Additional testing, including blood tests, ultrasound, or specialized sperm function tests may also be ordered.

Treatment of Male Infertility

If a specific cause of infertility is pinpointed, the problem may be corrected with medications or assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). If it is not possible to identify a cause, certain treatments may still be beneficial.

There are a number of excellent treatment options available for couples experiencing male factor infertility. Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates treats male infertility in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, Denton and their surrounding areas.

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