Male Infertility Specialist

Male infertility can be a sensitive topic, but Urology Associates of South Florida in Boca Raton, Florida, offers compassionate and understanding medical assistance. We specialize in this area, and are is committed to making sure that men are able to recapture their fertility whenever possible, regardless of their age.

Male Infertility Q & A

Is male infertility a common problem?

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.

Why does infertility happen in men?

Infertility happens in men for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Hormonal disorders
  • Direct trauma to the testes
  • Use of anabolic steroids
  • Use of illicit drugs
  • Major alcohol consumption
  • Use of certain prescription medications
  • Use of some natural supplements
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Over exposure to estrogen
  • Some kinds of infections

Some genetic conditions, including Klinefelter’s syndrome and myotonic dystrophy, may cause male infertility as they can cause a lack of sperm production.

How is male infertility diagnosed?

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:

  • The concentration of healthy sperm
  • The motility (movement) of the sperm
  • The shape (morphology) of the sperm.

What are the risk factors for male infertility?

Many of the risk factors for male infertility are controllable. They include:

  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Use of marijuana
  • Testosterone supplements

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:

  • Radiation exposure
  • Consistent exposure of the testes to hot temperatures
  • Frequent exposure to toxins like mercury, lead, and cadmium

Should I talk to my doctor about infertility?

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.

Most Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Urology Associates of South Florida, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross
United Healthcare