Treating Infertility for Men
What Are the Available Fertility Treatment Options for Men?
Most patients who need help conceiving are dealing with more than one fertility issue, and male factor infertility is a common problem which can affect up to one in three infertile couples. Most typical types of male infertility are very treatable. Even when the exact cause of male factor infertility is not found (which is true in up to 50% of cases) the symptoms can be low sperm count or issues with sperm quality are usually resolved with the use of IVF with ICSI: the male partner produces a semen sample which is “washed” and prepared so that only the healthiest and most active sperm remain. This prepared sample is then used to fertilize his partner’s eggs in the lab.
Other Treatment Options Include:
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
In cases where very few healthy sperm are available or when sperm have a motility (movement) problem, ICSI can be used to fertilize eggs individually. The ICSI procedure directly introduces an individual sperm cell into each of the eggs obtained during the IVF (in vitro fertilization) process. The resulting embryo is then transferred to the uterus to initiate pregnancy.
For men who have previously undergone a vasectomy but now wish to conceive, it is often possible to restore fertility with a second minimally invasive reversal surgery, usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Success rates often depend on the technique used to conduct the original vasectomy.
A varicocele is an enlarged varicose vein in the scrotum which may adversely impact the environment for developing sperm. While the effectiveness of this treatment has not been conclusively proven, it is thought that repairing varicoceles could improve a man’s sperm count, morphology (shape) and motility (movement.) The repair surgery is a short outpatient procedure.
Ejaculatory Duct Resection
Men with a physical obstruction in their ejaculatory ducts may have issues with sperm production and ejaculation, both of which can make conception difficult. This minor surgery takes about an hour and is generally an outpatient procedure.
Supplemental hormones may help men with hormone-related infertility to produce viable sperm. These medications can help resolve any hormone imbalance which is affecting a man’s fertility.
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Medication and counseling can sometimes help when a man is struggling to maintain an erection during intercourse.
Getting help for male-factor infertility is easier than you might think. Call us today at (866) 312-0771 to speak to our specially-trained fertility consultants. They will be able to answer your questions and provide information on the available treatment options for male infertility, and you can schedule a consultation with an SCRC fertility specialist with no obligation. You can also click here to contact us.