Male infertility contributes to approximately 30% of all infertility cases, and male infertility alone accounts for approximately one-fifth of all infertility cases. RMA of Texas looks as the whole couple during the diagnostic process, therefor the male partner is always involved in the testing phase. If there is the absence of a male for your fertility care our 3rd party department will gladly help you to navigate the path to obtaining a frozen sample.
The most fundamental test of male infertility is a semen analysis. This can be scheduled at any of our locations, as we offer both in house collection rooms or arrangements can be made to collect at home. RMA of Texas has an onsite lab that will have results for you or your physician in 2-3 days.
During the analysis we look all any issues that may be contributing to male factor infertility associated with the sample. Is there enough sperm within the sample, what is the motility of the sperm (can they move properly?) and the morphology (do they look normal?). We will also look for any signs of infection within the sample. Although the semen analysis is the first step in testing for male infertility is does not always diagnose the underlying cause, and your physicians may recommend additional blood testing or a urological evaluation.
Common Causes of Male Infertility
- Sperm issues
- Genetic abnormalities
- Hormone Disorders
- Ejaculation issues
- Sperm Transportation issues
Factors that increase the risk of Male Infertility
- Smoking tobacco or marijuana
- Drinking alcohol in excess
- Overheating of the testicles
- Tight or restrictive clothing
- Being overweight
- Side effect of certain medications
There are many treatment options available to couples affected by male infertility.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination is often an important part of treatment for couples that are infertile due to sperm disorders. IUI involves injecting a concentrated sample of sperm through a narrow catheter into the woman’s uterus. Artificial insemination can be performed with the partner’s sperm or donor sperm donor sperm. Depending on the sperm count and motility and the estimated time to egg release from the ovarian follicle, a well-timed IUI can be very effective. Usually the insemination itself causes little if any discomfort.
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a procedure that involves retrieving eggs and sperm from the bodies of a male and female and placing them together in a laboratory dish to enhance fertilization. Fertilized eggs are then transferred several days later into the female’s uterus where implantation and embryo development will hopefully occur as in a normal pregnancy. The IVF process is performed by physicians who specialize in reproductive medicine and have received additional education and training in the evaluation and treatment of male and female infertility. The IVF process was originally developed in the early 1970s to treat infertility caused by blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, and has made significant advancements in the past 50 years.
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
ICSI is the process of isolating a single sperm and injecting it directly into the egg, giving you an increased likelihood of fertilization. Low sperm count, poor quality of sperms and inability to fertilize the egg are some of the factors for which ICSI is suggested. We will also recommend ICSI if egg count is low or prior cycles have resulted in low fertilization rates.
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