Among couples who are unable to achieve pregnancy, male infertility is the sole cause in roughly one-third of the cases, while it contributes in conjunction with female infertility to another third. Frustratingly, it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of male infertility, with about half of all cases being of indeterminate cause. In other cases, there are multiple causes behind male infertility.
Fortunately, infertility treatment has progressed to the point that many couples whose attempts at pregnancy had been undermined by male infertility are now proud parents of healthy children. At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock, male infertility can often be treated through our advanced fertility treatments, including intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Our fertility doctors have extensive experience and skill in diagnosing and treating male factor infertility, and have an excellent record of success in helping couples struggling with infertility to achieve successful pregnancy.
At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, we believe that patients benefit from receiving the education necessary to make the best possible choices regarding their treatment. We invite you to learn about some of the common causes of male infertility, and then to contact our fertility center today to schedule a consultation with our compassionate, highly trained professionals.
Leading Causes of Male Factor Infertility
Among the most common causes of male infertility diagnosed at our IVF clinic are:
- Lack of sperm - Up to 15 percent of all cases of male infertility are due to a complete lack of sperm, whether because of a blockage or a hormone imbalance.
- Abnormal production of sperm - This can be the result of genetic defects, illness, or varicocele, an enlarged testicular vein.
- Poor health - Malnutrition and obesity can contribute to male infertility
- Smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug use
- Cancer treatment - Radiation and chemotherapy can both have an adverse effect on the production of sperm.
- Frequent prolonged exposure to heat and/or chemicals
- Premature or retrograde ejaculation
- Undescended testicles
- Age - Men who are middle-aged or older are often less fertile than younger men.
Sometimes, male fertility problems can be resolved through simple lifestyle improvements: a healthier diet, a more rigorous exercise routine, the avoidance of tobacco and alcohol. In other cases, the assistance of fertility experts may be necessary, especially when the problem lies with a lack of sperm or abnormal sperm production. The most effective course of treatment is determined by the cause of male infertility, which is why diagnostic testing and evaluation are so important to fertility treatment.
At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, we use the latest and most advanced diagnostic tests to determine the causes of male infertility, including semen analysis, antisperm antibody testing, and sperm morphology. You can rest assured that we will do whatever we can to identify the cause of your infertility and prescribe the most effective treatment possible, tailoring it to your exact needs.
For further information about male infertility or to schedule your initial consultation at our practice, please call or email the Centre for Reproductive Medicinetoday.