Male Infertility Treatment in Hickory, NC
Infertility refers to the inability to achieve pregnancy or conceive a child. Many people associate these issues with women, but about half of all infertile couples are caused by male infertility. Infertility in men can be frustrating and difficult to deal with.
In some cases, male fertility treatment is available. Request more information today: Call (423) 482-8711 or contact Dr. Dalal Akoury online.
Male Infertility Symptoms
The only true symptom of male infertility is the inability to conceive a child. Many men aren't sure when to see a doctor for this issue, however. Many doctors believe that if a couple has been trying to conceive a child for a year (12 months) or more without success, it is time to seek fertility testing and treatment. Some doctors recommend a shorter timespan for couples over the age of 30, typically six months instead of 12.
Some other men's health issues may be enough reason to contact a fertility doctor. Potential infertility symptoms might include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Inability to ejaculate
- Injury to the testicles or scrotum
- Chronic pain the testicles
- Low sex drive/ low libido
- Growth or lump on testicles
Male Infertility Causes
There are many different potential male infertility causes. The most well-known cause of male infertility is low sperm count, when not enough healthy sperm are produced. Sperm can also be affected by low motility, in which movement is insufficient to penetrate the egg.
Other possible causes of male infertility include:
- Certain medications
- Variocele (swelling of testicular veins)
- Retrograde ejaculation
- Undescended testicles
- Hormonal imbalance
- Chromosomal issues
- Erectile dysfunction
- Radiation exposure
- Chemical exposure
- Chronic stress
- Previous surgical procedures
This list represents just a portion of the issues that can contribute to male infertility.
Male Infertility Treatment
Infertility treatment for men often begins with a sperm count test. Infertile men typically have fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen. Sometimes a total sperm count test is performed; infertile men typically have fewer than 39 million sperm per total ejaculate.
Treatment for this issue will vary depending on the root cause. In the case of a low sperm count, assisted reproductive technology (ART) might be used. A common example of ART is in-vitro fertilization.
Other treatment possibilities include:
- Surgery: Most often used to correct a variocele or obstructed reproductive system.
- Sexual dysfunction treatment: If the infertility arises from erectile dysfunction or problems with ejaculation, treatments exist for those issues.
- Hormone replacement : Some male infertility stems from abnormally low levels of testosterone or other hormones.
Request More Information Today
Struggling with male infertility is a difficult challenge. Thankfully, many different infertility treatment options are available. Request information about reproductive endocrinology today: call (423) 482-8711 or contact Dr. Dalal Akoury online.
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