Infertility is a diagnosis applied when a couple does not get pregnant after one year of trying (unless the woman is over the age of 35, and it is six months). The inability to get pregnant is an issue with approximately one out of six couples, and up to half of those cases are thought to be linked to health issues with the male.
Many factors can play into male infertility:
- Chronic health problems
- Abnormal sperm function
- Low sperm count (oligospermia)
- No sperm count (azoospermia)
- Lifestyle choices
Some of these problems can be helped or cured, but not always. Lifestyle changes, medical treatments, or surgical procedures can be explored, but only after the exact cause of the infertility is discovered.
In the past, women were usually the first to be tested if infertility issues arise. More recently, it is suggested that the man and the women both be tested at the same time.
When a man’s reproductive system is working normally, there are approximately 100 million sperm released during a single ejaculation (for the delivery of a single sperm to meet up with the egg). A man’s fertility depends on his ability to produce healthy sperm and to deliver it properly.
The experts at Magic Valley Urology can help with male infertility. Call today.