Male infertility has a significant impact on 40% of couples who are struggling to conceive, so it’s important to include the male partner in evaluation and ongoing treatment. At Advanced Reproductive Concepts in Charlotte, North Carolina, we provide or arrange most services needed by men to assess the quality of their semen and treat their infertility using the latest techniques. Dr. Mark Jutras has more than 35 years of experience advising couples on the best medical treatment to solve their infertility problems, so you can feel confident you are getting the best advice. Call today to make your appointment with him.
Anything that affects the production, quality, or quantity of sperm can cause male infertility. Varicocele is a common condition causing swollen veins within the testicles that leads to faulty temperature regulation and affects the production of sperm. Other factors that affect the quality and quantity of your sperm include:
Additionally, anything that inhibits the movement of sperm can cause male infertility. There are several conditions that physically block the passage of sperm, from infections to injuries to tumors to inherited disorders. Issues with successful ejaculation also prevent healthy sperm from getting where they need to be — diabetes, spinal injuries, medication, and damage to the bladder, prostate, or urethra can all cause problems with this.
Male infertility also has causes outside the male reproductive organs. Environmental factors, such as exposure to industrial chemicals, radiation, or heavy metals, can have a dire effect. Lifestyle plays a big part too, with drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, along with excess weight or emotional stress, all likely to reduce your ability to produce healthy sperm.
Semen analysis measures the overall volume, concentration, shape, and movement of the sperm released during ejaculation. It shows the presence of red or white blood cells, which may indicate an infection, or anti-sperm antibodies, which may be causing an immune response.
There are a variety of medications available to help resolve conditions such as varicocele, hormonal imbalances, and infections. Surgery can effectively remedy any physical blockages, while lifestyle changes can remove or reduce the impact of external causes. Dr. Jutras advises you on the best medical treatment in your case.
There are several high-tech options available for enabling your sperm to fertilize your partner’s egg. In intrauterine insemination, Dr. Jutras implants sperm directly into the woman’s uterus,.
In vitro fertilization takes place under precise and controlled conditions in a laboratory. Dr. Jutras uses an intracytoplasmic sperm injection to introduce a single, healthy sperm into an egg. This has a high success rate resulting in a fertilized egg, which is then implanted in the woman’s uterus. This can even be done with sperm surgically extracted from the testicles.
*Individual results may vary.