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Top Questions About Male Infertility

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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.