Can Men Be Infertile?

When a couple is experiencing difficulties becoming pregnant, the issue can sometimes be traced to the male partner. Over one-third of infertility cases can be caused by male reproductive problems either due to low sperm count or an inability to ejaculate. For men who desire to become fathers, male infertility can be just as emotionally frustrating as female infertility.

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Because many factors can contribute to or cause male infertility, it is important to see an experienced specialist. At Reproductive Fertility Center, our team’s primary focus is helping you achieve your family goals. We work with each couple to understand what could be the cause of their inability to conceive, and we present them with our available options to help reduce some of the stress.

What Can Cause Male Infertility?

Lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on a man’s fertility as well as his overall health, so living a healthy lifestyle is important. Generally, male infertility problems are associated with the quantity or quality of a man’s sperm. Other times, however, there can also be issues with ejaculation, which can be due to men having had a previous vasectomy or having been born with a congenital absence of the vas deferens. In some instances, the tubes that transport sperm to the penis during ejaculation may not have developed properly before birth. Men with this condition could be producing viable sperm in their testicles; however, without a way for the sperm to travel to ejaculate, it can be difficult for a couple to become pregnant.

How to Conceive Despite Male Fertility Issues

Depending on the source of the problem, we provide many treatments that can address male infertility, which can help couples become pregnant. Men who are having trouble ejaculating or have a low sperm count can turn to testicular sperm extraction (TESE), a method similar to a biopsy, in which testicular tissue is removed in a minor procedure and then viable sperm are extracted for use in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is used in most IVF cycles because it offers a better chance of fertilization occurring. ICSI is an IVF procedure that injects a single sperm directly in the cytoplasm of a single egg. Once the embryologist has fertilized the eggs, the resultant embryos are closely watched so that the transfer can be performed at the optimum time for success.

For more information about male fertility treatments or to schedule your consultation, please call our office at (310) 929-6707.