If you’re struggling to get pregnant, male infertility could be the cause
When patients think of infertility, they often consider problems that are associated with female infertility. However, Dallas IVF physicians know that male infertility is a contributing diagnosis in about 40% of the over seven million couples struggling with infertility. Our Dallas fertility center team understands that a diagnosis of male infertility may come as a shock. However, we are here to provide help and hope for couples.
Understanding the cause of male infertility is the first step toward treatment and fatherhood
Before a Dallas fertility center physician can recommend treatment options for male infertility, we first need to pinpoint the cause. To do so, the fertility specialists at Dallas IVF will order male infertility testing.
- The first step is a conversation about your medical history. Your medical history can provide clues about what could be causing your infertility. For example, previous injuries to the testicles, genetic disorders and sexually transmitted diseases can cause male infertility.
- The next step is ordering a full semen analysis. The purpose of a semen analysis is to look for problems with the sperm, including issues with the motility, movement and morphology, or shape. A semen analysis will also screen for problems such as azoospermia, an absence of sperm in the semen, and oligospermia when few sperm are present in the semen.
Depending on your test results, our Dallas fertility center may refer you to a urologist
Once our Dallas fertility center receives your test results, we may refer you to a urologist, a doctor specializing in the treatment of the male reproductive organs. Through a physical exam and further testing, a urologist can help resolve the cause of your infertility. There are several common causes.
- Anatomical issues such as testicular blockages and varicoceles
- Endocrine factors, including complications from diabetes
- Use of anabolic steroids, most notably Testosterone
- Genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis
- Hormonal imbalances in the thyroid or pituitary gland
- Sexual problems such as premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction
Our Dallas fertility center team realizes that a diagnosis of male infertility can be distressing; however, as with female infertility, it is treatable. Dallas IVF is happy to provide resources and referrals to help you find the best treatment. We are also here to talk to spouses and partners about the best ways to provide support during infertility treatment.
Want to learn more about male infertility and the available treatment options? Contact Dallas IVF for more information.