Triad Phone: 336-448-9100
Charlotte Phone: 844-686-2233
Asheville Phone: 828-767-1643

Questions? Ask the doctor

Our Blog

Top Questions About Male Infertility

A doctor speaking with a man about male infertility

At Carolinas Fertility Institute, we offer comprehensive services to provide couples with the best chance to conceive a child. While many of our services are geared towards female infertility, we are proud to offer innovative therapeutic options that increase the chances for men to conceive their own biological offspring. Infertility is not a one-sided issue. Both a male factor and a female factor are identified in an estimated 35% of couples who struggle with infertility. Because of this substantial statistic, we wanted to address some of the top questions about male infertility.

What is the leading cause of male infertility?

In order to produce healthy sperm, the testes must also function properly. Most commonly, dilated testicular veins known as varicoceles are a common reversible cause of male infertility. In addition, dysfunctional ejaculation caused by medications, lifestyle choices, or medical conditions is also a factor in male infertility. Other common causes include hormonal disorders and genetic conditions. Various tests are available to pinpoint the precise cause of male infertility.

What is male secondary infertility?

Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to full term after previously giving birth. Secondary infertility is just as common as primary infertility and can be traced to either or both partners. If the root of the issues is associated with the male partner, it’s important to note any health changes that may be the cause. A good place to start is with a semen analysis.

When does testing become necessary?

Testing is recommended around the same time that infertility is diagnosed. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year of regular, unprotected sex. In cases where the male has known risk factors, testing may become necessary earlier.

What can men do to boost their fertility?

The steps that men can take to improve their fertility are similar to what we recommend for women. Living a healthy lifestyle is the first step to boosting fertility. This includes following a regular sleep pattern, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, and regularly exercising. In particular, quitting smoking is also an important step in improving fertility for men and women.

What options do we have?

If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to improve fertility, the following steps may include surgeries or medication, depending on what’s causing the issue. If those treatments aren’t helpful or applicable to the male partner’s condition, Carolinas Fertility Institute is here to help. Thanks to advanced reproductive technologies, there are services available to keep you on the path to genetic parenthood. Services offered at CFI include intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, and more.

Talk to A Fertility Expert

If you have questions or concerns about your personal fertility issues or your partner’s infertility, reach out to Carolinas Fertility Institute today. We realize that each couple’s circumstance is unique, and we are here to work with you. We offer a wide variety of services, from fertility evaluations to In Vitro fertilization. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation by calling our Charlotte office at (844) 686-2233 or our office in the Triad at (336) 448-9100.

Five Ways Self-Care Can Benefit Your Fertility

Infertility can be frustrating, isolating, and stressful for many women and couples all over the globe. Our goal at CFI is to make your fertility journey as stress-free as possible, and this includes our dedication to being a resource at any stage of your journey. While we offer many different avenues when it comes to… Continue Reading

How Becoming Eco-Friendly May Benefit Your Fertility

There are countless benefits to adopting a more eco-friendly lifestyle, but did you know that one of these benefits includes improved fertility? Researchers have linked fertility problems with a wide variety of factors ranging from lifestyle to genetics and more. Studies have also shown a correlation between toxins in what we consume and what we… Continue Reading

How to Diagnose Infertility in Couples

While many of our blogs focus on the female fertility journey, infertility is not just a problem for women. Infertility affects about 15% of the population around the world, which is approximately 48.5 million couples. In about one-third of these couples, a female factor and a male factor both play a role in their struggle… Continue Reading

How Your Fertility Changes With Age

It’s no secret that fertility decreases with age, but it’s also true that there is no specific timeline when it comes to the ability to conceive. According to the American College of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the peak reproductive years for a woman range between the late teens and late twenties. However, for many women, this… Continue Reading

Your Genetics’ Role in Infertility

Infertility can be caused by numerous different health and lifestyle factors. In some of our past blogs, we’ve focused on lifestyle changes you can make to increase your chances of conceiving, as well as some of the medical conditions that may play a role in infertility. What we haven’t focused on as much is how… Continue Reading

4 Virtual Resources for Infertility Support

Infertility can be very isolating and lonely for women who have a desire to start a family. This is especially true when friends and loved ones around you start getting pregnant. While finding social connections with other people who understand what you’re going through is difficult enough, the coronavirus pandemic brought with it a new… Continue Reading

6 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Fertility

The New Year represents a clean slate to evaluate your goals and to make a plan for how you’re going to achieve them. For many couples across the world, starting a family is the ultimate wish for the New Year. In order to achieve the goal of conceiving, there are certain steps you can take… Continue Reading

Pros and Cons of Becoming an Egg Donor

In the season of giving, many of us search for ways to give back and serve our communities. For many women experiencing infertility, a chance to start a family is the best gift of all. At Carolina Fertility Institute, we rely on egg donations from healthy women aged 21-29. While the process is a commitment,… Continue Reading

7 Gifts for Women Going Through IVF

Although many couples choose to keep their fertility treatments private, if a friend has confided in you about going through in vitro fertilization, your support through the holiday season could make a big difference in their life. The holidays can be stressful enough, but for those coping with infertility, it may be difficult to enjoy… Continue Reading

Filed Under: IVF