Yes. Male infertility is much more common than many people realize. While it's often assumed that it's the woman who's infertile, in around 35% of couples who struggle to conceive, the man's fertility plays a role as well. In around 8% of all infertile couples today, the man is the single identified cause of the infertility.
Infertility happens in men for a variety of reasons, including:
Some genetic conditions, including Klinefelter’s syndrome and myotonic dystrophy, may cause male infertility as they can cause a lack of sperm production.
In most cases, the best way to evaluate male fertility and to diagnose male infertility is to perform a semen analysis. A semen analysis will measure three main things:
Many of the risk factors for male infertility are controllable. They include:
The most significant non controllable risk factor for male infertility is age. Men over age 40 are more likely to suffer from infertility.
Other more unusual potential risk factors for male infertility include:
If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for one year or more without success, it’s time to talk to your doctor.
Sperm quality can play a role in infertility, and it’s relatively simple to collect a sample and evaluate it. If you get a sperm test (semen analysis) done, Dr. Licht will know if it’s part of the problem, or eliminate it. With the results from your test he’ll have a clearer direction in his search to find out what is keeping you and your wife from adding new members to your family.
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