Male infertility is more common than we think.
1.2 million men every year face the challenge of overcoming male infertility! A male reason for infertility can be found in 50% of all infertility cases.
The great news is that the male infertility factor can often be eliminated or minimized to maximize a man’s reproductive capacity. For example, if the plumbing that carries sperm is blocked, a microsurgical procedure to fix the blockage may get your sperm flowing again. If there are signs of infections, antibiotics may be just what you need!
A thorough examination by a male infertility specialist can help you identify and overcome these barriers that may be in front of you. Over the last decade, incredible advances in the field of male infertility have been witnessed. New state-of-the-art microsurgical techniques and a greater understanding of genetic causes have revolutionized the way that can assess and maximize a man’s fertile capacity. These advances have given hope to many men who had been previously labeled as hopelessly unable to father their own biologic children. This Male Infertility section will help give you a foundation upon which you can build your discussion with Dr. Kuang at the Southwest Fertility Center for Men. As you read, write down your questions. Please bring this list with you to your appointment and Dr. Kuang will be happy to address all your concerns.
What is involved with an initial comprehensive male fertility evaluation?
The first part of every evaluation is simply listening to your story and then asking some questions to get a complete picture of what is going on with you and your partner. This is followed by a physical exam that covers you from head to toe. Special attention is paid to your reproductive anatomy. Dr. Kuang will use a special ruler to assess the size and volume of your testicles to better assess your capacity to make sperm. Additionally, a careful and gentle examination of your scrotum will be performed to make sure all the “plumbing” that carries sperm out to your penis is present. Together with two semen analyses, this initial evaluation will dictate what further studies are needed.
It Takes Two to Tango! Your partner’s fertility status is important to us.
While we offer expertise in optimizing a man’s reproductive capacity, we also recognize how critical it is to take into careful consideration the needs of your partner and her reproductive timetable. Men are only half of the fertility equation, and consequently, it would be short sighted to individualize a treatment plan without first listening to your partner and hearing what her fertility doctors have to say. We look forward to sitting down with you both and educating you about all your options to help you make a safe and balanced decision as you build a healthy family.
Time may be of the essence!
Women are having their first child later and later. As you know, this creates a situation because a couple does not want to miss the woman’s reproductive window since it begins to close in a woman’s late 30’s and early 40’s. This is often one of the most critical issues to be considered in putting together the best reproductive plan for you and your partner.
But what about men? It is often assumed that men can just keep cranking out high quality sperm year after year. Actually, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the quality of sperm in men begins to decrease as they reach the age of 40. If that is so, men may also be on a reproductive timetable. While the downward slope for men is not as steep as for women, it may be very real and may be one more male factor that may need to be considered. As a result, it may be just as critical to have the man carefully evaluated by a male infertility specialist in a timely fashion.
Do we have to try and conceive for 12 months before seeing you?
While the medical community often recommends that couples see infertility specialists after having tried to conceive naturally for at least 12 months, it is important to realize that it is just a guideline, not a hard and fast rule. Take into consideration your age, reproductive timetable, your fertility needs and your medical situation. You may have always wanted to have your first child by 35. You may have always known you had a varicocele or something different about your testicles. If you are not sure whether you should have a complete male examination, please contact us and we will do our best to help you with this decision.
Don’t assume that everything is okay with the man!
One mistake that is often made by couples tackling infertility is assuming everything is okay with the guy. Why does it happen? Society has incorrectly created the perception that women are predominantly responsible for a couple’s fertility. With infertility being attributed in some way to the man 50% of the time, this is clearly not a fair perspective. The other issue is that some men don’t want to hear that they may be sub-fertile. Most men are reluctant to go and have a thorough examination by a male fertility specialist and to provide a semen sample. The thought of having one’s private anatomy examined and providing a semen sample for laboratory examination is not the most appealing; however, as men learn about what women have to go through for a fertility examination, they realize that it is the least that they can do to help out on the journey to a healthy family.
The bottom line is that if you and your partner are trying to conceive or think you may try in the future, just realize that a comprehensive initial male evaluation really involves just a careful and gentle physical exam and semen analysis. If you are not sure what to do, feel free to submit an online request and we can get back to you for a telephone consultation or even to make an appointment.
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