Male Infertility Treatment – Current Options

by Cheryl Powers

Male infertility treatment is usually a response to male fertility tests that return with low sperm counts. It’s sometimes not fully realized that over half of situations where a couple cannot conceive are related to male infertility rather than female infertility. If a couple cannot have a child despite their best efforts over a long period of time, it could be time to visit the fertility clinic and figure out what’s really going on “down there”. Typically, a fresh sample of sperm will be needed for the doctors to examine and determine sperm count, and whether or not any corrective measures are needed. If action must be taken, there are fortunately a number of advances in fertility treatment science to allow even couples who previously thought they could not conceive to have options available.

Male Infertility Treatment

Male fertility tests will usually determine whether infertility is caused by a physical blockage that is dropping sperm count, a permanent sperm shortage, or whether infertility is even occurring at all. Sometimes, an obstruction within the testicles may be blocking the “plumbing”, and often this is related to an injury—sometimes incurred during sports. Usually, a simple surgical procedure will clear up the obstruction and allow normal sperm count to return. Other male infertility treatment options include scenarios where there is a permanent low sperm shortage.

Some of these options for male infertility treatment which are decided after male fertility tests include Intrauterine insemination which is the implantation of live sperm directly into the uterus, as well as In-vitro fertilization where fertilized eggs are produced, usually in a test-tube, and then implanted into the uterus, often simultaneous to the woman taking drugs to increase egg production. There is also intracytoplasmic sperm injection where a specialized needle is used to implant a sperm directly into the woman’s egg. These hi-tech resources may be somewhat expensive, but they provide options even in cases where baring a child would otherwise seem impossible.

Another factor to consider in order to maintain good sperm count is dietary habits and medical practices. There’s evidence that patients with low T (low testosterone) who take hormonal supplements may negatively affect their sperm count. In addition, poor dietary habits, including smoking, may over the course of time negatively affect your sperm, as well. During your male fertility tests, consult with your doctor about other options to increase sperm count and natural male infertility treatment options and lifestyle changes. The idea of not being able to conceive children can be difficult for many men to accept, but fortunately this is one area of medicine that is continually advancing.