Dallas male infertility specialist discusses symptoms and treatment
A man’s desires, plans, and goals go through many changes during the course of his adult life. While birth control may be a priority early on, the desire to have a biological family could surface much later in life. Regardless, the ability to father children has deep roots in our culture as a sign of virility and genealogical continuity. Male infertility specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Buch, has helped many men in the Dallas area and across the country, understand their conditions and find answers.
Understanding infertility in men
In medical terms, “infertility” is characterized by failure to accomplish clinical pregnancy after 12 months of unprotected regular sexual relations. The condition may be due to a reproductive impairment in either individual, or attributable in part to both parties. Male infertility is the man’s inability to cause pregnancy in a woman who is confirmed to be fertile. About seven percent of the male population is affected.
Male infertility is often the result of deficiency in semen quality – concentration of healthy, vital sperm; quantity – sufficient semen to reach eggs; or motility – adeptness of sperm to swim. Some of the medical causes include:
- ASA – Antisperm antibodies basically create immunity to sperm. Interestingly, ASA can occur in either partner. It interferes with motility – the ability of sperm to navigate the female’s reproductive tract. While ASA does not usually prevent pregnancy, it can dramatically reduce chance of conception.
- Varicocele – Swollen veins inside testicles.
- Genetic abnormalities of the Y (male) chromosome.
- Other illnesses that affect the glandular system, such as mumps and malaria.
- Testicular cancer.
- Coeliac disease.
- Certain medications and medical treatments like chemotherapy.
- Obstruction of the vas deferens, sperm-carrying ducts.
- Inability to maintain erection or ejaculate.
- Retrograde ejaculation, where climax is reached but semen is not outwardly produced.
Other risk factors are:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Illicit drugs
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Dallas male infertility specialist weighs in on symptoms and treatment
Obviously, the symptom of male infertility is inability to conceive. However, the situation is a bit more complex than that. Dr. Buch has dedicated his professional career to research, diagnosis, and treatment of male infertility. He is recognized as an expert in microsurgical vasectomy reversal, male reproductive health, treatment of sexual dysfunction, and overcoming infertility issues.
Dr. Buch begins with a comprehensive analysis of semen volume, sperm count, motility, and morphology. Assessment of these primary factors develops a clear picture of sperm’s ability to access and penetrate eggs. Then a precise sperm washing technique can be performed to obtain a concentration of the healthiest sperm for invitro fertilization. These services are provided discreetly, at the NTMIC Sperm Lab, a fully-equipped laboratory on-site at Legacy Male Health in Frisco, TX.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy increases testosterone levels without hindering libido. Conventional Low-T treatment involves adding testosterone artificially. While this initially boosts testosterone levels, the body stops producing its own since it no longer senses a demand. Ultimately this degrades testicle function, sometimes permanently. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) therapy stimulates testicles to produce sperm naturally.
Low-T treatment generally has a positive effect on erectile dysfunction, but if that alone does not resolve impotency, other medications, nonsurgical, and surgical options can be explored.
The most important aspect of successful male infertility treatment is finding the right doctor. One who treats your concerns with compassion, and your condition with the latest medical advances to help you become a father.