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Male Fertility Testing Specialist

Scott I Zeitlin, MD -  - Male Infertility Specialist

Scott I Zeitlin, MD

Male Infertility Specialist & Men's Sexual Health Physician located in Century City, CA, Santa Monica, CA, & Tarzana, CA

Infertility isn’t just an issue that affects women. In many couples who struggle to have children, the man is a contributing factor, and sometimes the only obstacle to conception. If you hope to become a parent and are struggling, top-rated urological surgeon Scott Zeitlin, MD, can help at Los Angeles Infertility and Prostatitis. Male fertility testing can identify obstacles to conception, so Dr. Zeitlin can find an effective solution. To schedule an appointment, call one of Dr. Zeitlin’s three Los Angeles area offices in Century City or Santa Monica and Tarzana, California.

Male Fertility Testing Q&A

What causes male infertility?

While it’s common for people (including many doctors) to treat fertility as a woman’s issue, Dr. Zeitlin is well aware that male infertility can contribute to a couple’s difficulty conceiving a child. In fact, it’s often the primary obstacle.

Male infertility has a number of treatable causes. As an experienced urologist, Dr. Zeitlin can test for male infertility more thoroughly and precisely than a traditional fertility doctor or a general practitioner. 

The causes of male infertility may include:

  • Problems with sperm production
  • Blockages that interfere with sperm delivery
  • Anatomic difficulties
  • Hormonal issues
  • Genetic problems

Additionally, lifestyle, environmental, and general health factors can contribute to your difficulties conceiving a child. Dr. Zeitlin works closely with you to determine the sources of your infertility. 

How is male infertility tested?

If you’re concerned that you may be infertile, Dr. Zeitlin performs an initial infertility evaluation. This includes:

  • A review of your medical history
  • A physical examination
  • Semen analysis interpretation to determine infertility causes and risks
  • Hormone testing
  • Discussion of treatment options

This initial evaluation may be sufficient to determine the cause of your infertility and shape a treatment plan. For example, if you have low testosterone, which can decrease sperm production, you may need hormone replacement therapy to normalize your testosterone levels.

Depending on your situation, Dr. Zeitlin may perform more advanced urology tests, including:

  • Genetic analysis
  • Urinalysis
  • Ultrasound
  • Vasography
  • Biopsy
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Electroejaculation
  • Vibratory Simulation

Based on the findings of these tests, Dr. Zeitlin recommends a treatment or combination of treatments.

How is male infertility treated?

There are a number of safe, effective treatments for male infertility. These treatments focus on improving your sperm quality, sperm quantity, and overall reproductive health.

If the issue is a blockage or obstruction that interferes with ejaculation or if your semen doesn’t contain enough sperm to allow for conception, Dr. Zeitlin can perform a microsurgical sperm retrieval. This procedure involves locating and extracting healthy sperm, which can then fertilize an egg through intracytoplasmic sperm injection with in vitro fertilization.

Another common cause of infertility is a varicocele, enlarged veins associated with the testicles. Dr. Zeitlin can repair varicoceles using minimally invasive microsurgical techniques. 

In some cases, the primary issue is not your sperm quality or quantity, but a condition that directly interferes with sexual intercourse. Dr. Zeitlin may diagnose you with erectile dysfunction or Peyronie’s disease, a condition that results from scar tissue buildup. Both are highly treatable.

To schedule a male fertility consultation, call one of Dr. Zeitlin’s offices today.