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The Basics of Male Infertility

  • Category: Fertility
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  • Written By: Mark Denker, M.D.
If you and your partner have been struggling to get pregnant, it’s important to cover all your bases, including fertility evaluations for both partners. People often assume that infertility is only a female issue, but about one-third of the time, male factor infertility is the source of a couple’s difficulty conceiving. Dr. Mark Denker and the team at Palm Beach Fertility Center have the expertise to diagnose and treat common causes of infertility so that you can create the family you desire.

The 411 on Male Infertility

As part of a fertility workup, Dr. Denker will likely suggest a semen analysis for your partner. This test provides detailed information about the quality, quantity, shape, and motility of the sperm, which can all affect a couple’s ability to conceive. We will also take a detailed medical history to determine if any physical or medical issues could be contributing to infertility.

Common causes of male infertility include:

Chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis
Prescription medication for high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression
Certain cancers
Hormone deficiencies
Testicular injury or trauma
Physical anomalies such as varicoceles or blockages
Abnormal sperm counts
Current or previous steroid use

Depending on the results of the evaluation, Dr. Denker may suggest that your partner visit a urologist because these specialists can complete more in-depth physical exam as well as perform surgical procedures if warranted. In most cases, male factor infertility can be successfully treated. Options such as intrauterine insemination and in-vitro fertilization may offer you the best hope of getting pregnant if you are dealing with male factor infertility.

Although you may feel distressed by your struggles to have a child, Dr. Denker will work to identify the cause of infertility and recommend the appropriate treatment. Our goal is to help you and your partner succeed in becoming parents.

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