How to Treat Male Infertility?

Male infertility is no longer something that is in the far distance. Today it plagues our homes and the lives of our near and dear ones.  Male infertility is no longer only a medical condition but one that is largely determined by unhealthy lifestyle choices. The busyness of life has led to people abusing their bodies beyond what it can take. This has resulted in strange irregularities of health.

When it is an issue of male infertility you can be sure that your partner will be as supportive as she can be. This stems from the relief that it is not her with the infertility problem. Women are always the ones labelled barren when she is not able to conceive after several years of marriage.  Every woman is happy to find out that the fertility problem is not with her but her husband.

The most common male infertility conditions are:

  • Low sperm count
  • Poor sperm quality
  • Retrograde sperm
  • Blocked vas deferens
  • Varicocele
  • Pelvic region injury or surgery

If a male has poor quality or low quantity of sperm it can be dealt with through assisted reproductive technology. In conditions where a male has no sperm in the semen, it could be due to a blockage in the tubes that transport the sperm to the ejaculatory duct. Just because a male is not ejaculating sperm it does not mean his body is not producing sperms. The sperms are produced and stored in the testes. The sperms can be retrieved from the testes in a sperm retrieval procedure and used to fertilise the female egg for pregnancy.

The most highly recommended treatment for male infertility is intra uterine insemination (IUI). This simple procedure does not require any great technical expertise or medical infrastructure. The gynaecologist can easily do this procedure in a consultation room.

For IUI treatment it is imperative that the female partner should be in the peak of fertility health. This means that her reproductive organs should be very healthy. The quality of eggs should be good and the uterus lining should be receptive. These conditions will help to improve the chances of conception.

Another treatment that is gaining popularity for male infertility is ICSI. This procedure is done together with IVF treatment and is more complex and expensive, but has a much better chance of conception.

Some FAQ’s

Q: I have been diagnosed with varicocele and we are planning a baby, what treatment should we get?

A: Your sperm can be retrieved directly from the epididymis where it is stored. The most highly recommended treatment is IUI.

Q: Is IUI he only ART treatment for male infertility?

A: There is also ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection). This treatment has a much higher success rate than IUI.

Q: Which is the best fertility treatment for poor quality sperm?

A: ICSI treatment has a higher probability of success with poor sperm quality than IUI treatment.

Q: Is it worth trying IUI procedure the second time, when the first time didn’t work?

A: Yes, the probability of IUI treatment success improves with each consecutive try.

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