Male Infertility Analysis and Treatment
What is Male Infertility?
Male Infertility is defined as a couple’s inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected intercourse. Male infertility is diagnosed when, after testing of both partners, reproductive problems have been found in the male partner.
Are there any signs or symptoms of male infertility?
In most cases, there are no obvious signs of an infertility problem. Intercourse, erections and ejaculation will usually happen without difficulty. The quantity and appearance of the ejaculated semen generally appears normal to the naked eye.
What are the common causes of Male Infertility?
- Sperm Production Problems: The most common cause of male infertility is due to a problem in the sperm production process in the testes. Low numbers of sperm are made and/or the sperm that are made do not work properly. About 2/3 of infertile men have sperm production problems.
- Blockage of Sperm Transport: Blockages (often referred to as obstructions) in the tubes leading sperm away from the testes to the penis can cause a complete lack of sperm in the ejaculated semen. This is the second most common cause of male infertility and affects about one in every five infertile men, including men who have had a vasectomy but now wish to have more children.
- Sperm Antibodies: In some men, substances in the semen and/or blood called sperm antibodies can develop which can reduce sperm movement and block egg binding (where the sperm attaches to the egg) as is needed for fertilization; About 1 in every 16 infertile men has sperm antibodies.
- Sexual Problems: Difficulties with sexual intercourse, such as erection or ejaculation problems, can also stop couples from becoming pregnant.
- Hormonal Problems: Sometimes the pituitary gland does not send the right hormonal messages to the testes. This can cause both low testosterone levels and a failure of the testes to produce sperm.
If you are suffering from any of these problems, or want to learn how to increase your sperm count and improve your motility through a combination of lifestyle changes and potential medical treatments, contact Dr. Gary Bellman today by calling 818-912-1899 or schedule an appointment using this form.
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