Unfortunately, many people (including some doctors) still assume that infertility is only the woman’s issue. In fact, the man is a contributing source of up to 50% of infertile couples. In 20% to 30% of couples that cannot have children, the man is the only obstacle to conception.
If you hope to achieve your dreams of parenthood with you own biological child, it is crucial to diagnose any challenges and to identify solutions before they can threaten your success.
Effective treatments are available for nearly all types of male infertility. Your easy start overcoming fertility challenges is a professional diagnosis.
The first step is finding a doctor that you feel comfortable with. Dr Zeitlin has been compassionately diagnosing & overcoming male fertility challenges for over 15 years. He has helped hundreds of men understand their conditions and devise solutions to their individual problems. As a Clinical Professor of Urology and OB/GYN at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an NIH researcher, Dr Zeitlin’s depth of knowledge enables up-to-the-moment application of the very latest innovations in diagnostic techniques.
Male Fertility Testing Explained
Urological specialists in male factor infertility are able to provide more precise testing than traditional fertility doctors and general practitioners.
Initial Infertility Testing
The initial test for male infertility includes:
- Consultation – including an extensive review of your medical history.
- A respectful Physical Examination
- Detailed Sperm Evaluation to identify possible symptoms of infertility.
- Specialized Semen Analysis to determine specific infertility risks.
- Hormone testing
- In-depth discussion about your individual treatment options.
- Depending on the outcomes, advanced testing may be recommended to precisely identify and evaluate the unique sources of your infertility.
Advanced urology tests may include:
- Genetic Analysis including Karyotyping, Y Microdeletion Analysis, and Cystic Fibrosis Test (CFT)
- Antibody Testing to detect infection or any other irregularities.
- Urinalysis (urine testing), to identify retrograde ejaculation
- Testicular Mapping to locate healthy sperm inside the testicles.
- Ultrasound to identify and locate obstructions in sperm delivery.
- Vasography to provide a more detailed view when obstruction is suspected.
- Testicular Biopsy to determine uncommon conditions if other tests are inconclusive.
Causes of Male Infertility
Male infertility should be thoroughly evaluated, as there are many treatable causes.
Male Infertility may result from problems in the production of sperm, blockages that impede the delivery of sperm, anatomic difficulties that interfere with sperm production, hormone irregularity affecting male reproductive systems, and more rarely genetic causes.
Other causes of Male Infertility include:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED),
- Emotional stress.
- Chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension and heart disease)
- Side effects of certain medications.
- Prolonged bicycle riding.
- Excessive weight
- Vitamin deficiency
- Environmental toxins
Fortunately, there are many safe and effective treatments for overcoming infertility. Solutions for male infertility focus on improving sperm quantity, sperm quality, and overall male reproductive health. Once your challenges have been evaluated, Dr. Zeitlin will work with you as a partner to develop your treatment plan.