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It’s a common misconception that infertility is a woman’s issue—when in fact approximately 30% of cases of infertility are caused by male factors. Male factor infertility can have a variety of underlying causes, from physical health and chronic illnesses to sexual conditions and genetic makeup. Some OBGYNs will not investigate the male factors of infertility, resulting in an incomplete assessment of a couple’s fertility issues. During your fertility treatment at ACRM Alabama, we will work with you as a couple to explore both the female and male factors of infertility so that we can develop the most effective treatment plan.
Here are some of the many factors that could lead to male infertility:
• Medical problems that affect the sperm (which can be caused by infectious diseases, hormonal disorders, immunological disorders, and genetic diseases)
• Abnormalities in the reproductive tract that block the flow of semen
• Ejaculation issues
• History of genital infection
• Testicular trauma
• Exposure to toxic substances
• Smoking or heavy drinking
• Prescription drugs
Like women, men who have fertility problems can experience complicated feelings of embarrassment or guilt, but it’s important to remember that male fertility issues are typically common medical issues that can be addressed with the help of a specialist. Many men who have some of these underlying issues have no symptoms, so it is difficult to detect a fertility problem without going to a specialist and initiating tests. As the first step, a fertility specialist can conduct a semen analysis to evaluate the seminal fluid and the sperm, which includes the sperm count, concentration, and motility. Using this test and other medical evaluations, the fertility specialist can then take into consideration the conditions that may be affecting the man’s fertility. Age, physical health, medical history, and individual preferences will then be used to determine the best course of treatment.
If you’re ready to explore fertility issues that may be affecting your ability to have a child and learn more about fertility treatments at ACRM Alabama, schedule an in-person, phone, or telemedicine appointment by calling 205-315-6951.