In one third of couple infertility cases, male infertility is the only issue. One third are primarily female and one third are combined male and female. Thus, when a couple is having trouble conceiving, it makes sense not only to evaluate the woman but to evaluate the man as well, early in the process.
To discover the underlying issue, when male infertility might be involved, a semen analysis is critical. A semen analysis can easily detect multiple issues and help identify treatment options. The issues or problems detected by semen analysis are:
- Azoospermia: Absence of sperm in the semen fluid. Either the body is not producing sperm at all, or there is a block and sperm are not appearing in the semen.
- Oligospermia: Low sperm count (sperm density).
- Asthenospermia: Low motility. Sperm that lack optimal movement are less likely get to the egg in the right place (the fallopian tube) at the right time (ovulation).
- Teratospermia: Problems with the morphology, or form and structure of the sperm. By virtue of the association with egg penetration ability of the sperm, bad shaped sperm does not increase the risk of fetal abnormalities.
- Varicocele: Enlarged (varicose) veins of the testicles are associated with increased testicular temperature, which is thought to be the cause of its negative effects on sperm quantity, quality, or both.
Any one of these conditions may make it difficult to conceive. It is important to consult with an experienced physician regarding infertility, as the above-mentioned issues may be caused by an underlying medical condition that can only be diagnosed and treated by a specialist.
During your consultation with Dr. Buch, we will perform a thorough history and physical. At this time, we will evaluate lifestyle factors in addition to assessing other potential risks. In addition to medical conditions such as infection or low sperm count, habits such as alcohol consumption, smoking or marijuana use can also affect a man’s fertility.
We can help you with your reproductive concerns
Infertility can be a challenging concern to navigate. At Legacy Male Health, you consult with and receive treatment from a recognized physician with specific experience. Dr. Buch was the acting Director of Male Infertility and Microsurgery at the University of Nebraska Medical School, as well as the University of Connecticut Medical School. His knowledge and experience are complemented by a friendly manner and clarity in answering all of your questions.
Contact us at (972) 996-7177.