male infertility

overview

When a couple has trouble conceiving a child, male infertility plays a role about half of the time. Male infertility means not producing healthy sperm that results in pregnancy when you’re having unprotected sex with a fertile woman regularly for a year or more.

risk factors

Many factors can cause male infertility, including:
 
  • Blockages that prevent sperm from being released when you ejaculate
  • Chronic health problems 
  • Frequent alcohol and drug use
  • Illness
  • Injury
  • Low sperm production
  • Misshapen or immobile sperm

diagnosis

If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, talk with your Aurora urologist. We’ll help you find the cause and work with you on a treatment plan to meet your needs. Your partner may have health issues that are preventing her from getting pregnant, so it’s important for you both to see your doctors.

Your urologist will give you a general physical exam and do a semen analysis. You might also have tests such as:

  • Anti-sperm antibody test or specialized sperm function test
  • Genetic testing
  • Hormone testing
  • Post-ejaculation urinalysis
  • Scrotal and/or transrectal ultrasound 
  • Testicular biopsy

services & treatment

Depending on what’s causing your infertility, your care plan might include:
 
  • Assisted reproductive technology (ART)
  • Hormone treatments and medications
  • Surgery
  • Treatment for infections
  • Treatment for problems related to intercourse (erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation)

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