Male fertility testing can provide answers when a couple is struggling to conceive
Infertility isn’t just a woman’s problem. Male infertility is the cause of a couple’s inability to conceive in about 40% of cases, but male fertility testing can help provide a diagnosis and hope for patients struggling with infertility.
The most common causes of male infertility are related to sperm and include low sperm count, poor sperm quality and abnormally shaped sperm with poor mobility. In some cases, a man may have a condition called azoospermia, which means that his semen does not contain sperm. The physicians at our DFW fertility center can address these issues by providing diagnosis, treatment and referrals to an experienced urologist in the area.
An overview of male fertility testing
Male fertility testing at our DFW fertility center involves several diagnostic tools that assess different aspects of a man’s reproductive health and potential. Our fertility specialists use the information that they collect from these tests to develop the most-effective and affordable treatment plans for each patient.
- Medical history. This is the first step of male fertility testing, and it involves asking a variety of questions about the man’s medical history, environment, past surgeries, medications, sexual habits and family history.
- Semen analysis. Our DFW fertility center offers a state-of-the-art and fully accredited andrology lab that specializes in preparing and evaluating semen samples. If the analysis reveals abnormalities, the man may need further testing and treatment from a urologist.
- Genetic evaluation. This test is helpful for men with very low sperm counts, or the absence of sperm in the semen that is not due to a blockage. Such issues may indicate chromosomal abnormalities.
- Endocrine evaluation. A man’s hormones can affect his sperm production and sexual function. The endocrine evaluation consists of a blood test, which typically measures follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), prolactin and testosterone.
Treatment options for male infertility
The physicians at our DFW fertility center may recommend intrauterine insemination (IUI) for patients with mild male factor infertility. If severe male factor infertility is present, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be the best path to pregnancy for a couple.
Contact our DFW fertility center to learn more about male fertility testing and treatment. Our board certified reproductive endocrinologists help patients become parents.