When a couple is unable to conceive then male infertility may need to be investigated as a possible cause. This is a problem when a male is unable to make a fertile female conceive a child even though they have had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. Up to 15 percent of couples are infertile and in over a third of these couples, male infertility plays a role.
The possible causes of male infertility can be:
Factors that increase the risk of male infertility are:
Signs & Symptoms:
If your female partner has not been able to conceive and become pregnant after you have tried for one year with regular sex without any birth control you may have male infertility.
Psychological and emotional issues like feelings of depression, loss, grief, inadequacy and failure can also have a part in male infertility.
At Medcare, specialists will review and investigate your health history as well as conduct a physical exam and possible tests to diagnose male infertility like:
At Medcare, depending on the cause of your male infertility, the different treatment options suggested could be:
Fertility help, which involves helping your partner get pregnant through:
Medicine - Hormone treatment and medicines can help if you have a hormonal disorder or imbalance which is affecting sperm development and causing infertility.
Surgery to fix problems that stop sperm from being made, matured or ejaculated can be suggested to remove twisted, swollen veins in the scrotum and can help improve sperm quality.
A: Yes, regular smoking does impact the sperm in different ways. It decreases the size and movement of these cells and damages their DNA content. Smoking also impacts the seminal fluid, ejaculated with the sperm.
A: Yes, steroids taken orally or injected can shut down the production of hormones needed for sperm production.
A: Not necessarily, for the majority of cases seeking fertility treatment, the risk of conceiving a child with a birth defect is the same as the general population. Some disorders, especially genetic disorders that cause infertility may cause an increased risk of conceiving a child with birth defects.