Male Fertility Assessment
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Nearly 1 in 7 couples is infertile, which means they haven't been able to conceive a child even though they've had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. In up to half of these couples, male infertility plays at least a partial role.
Male infertility can be caused by low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm. Illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems, lifestyle choices and other factors may contribute to male infertility.
The inability to conceive a child can be stressful and frustrating, but a number of treatments are available for male infertility. MENovations focuses on the simplest of these treatments which is increasing sperm production.
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Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatments
The main sign of male infertility is the inability to conceive a child. There may be no other obvious signs or symptoms.
In some cases, however, an underlying problem such as an inherited disorder, hormonal imbalance, dilated veins around the testicle or a condition that blocks the passage of sperm causes signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms you may notice include:
Problems with sexual function — for example, difficulty with ejaculation or small volumes of fluid ejaculated, reduced sexual desire, or difficulty maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction)
Pain, swelling or a lump in the testicle area
Recurrent respiratory infections
Inability to smell
Abnormal breast growth (gynecomastia)
Decreased facial or body hair or other signs of a chromosomal or hormonal abnormality
A lower than normal sperm count (fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen or a total sperm count of less than 39 million per ejaculate)
Many infertile couples have more than one cause of infertility, so it's likely you will both need to see a doctor. It might take a number of tests to determine the cause of infertility. In some cases, a cause is never identified.
Infertility tests can be expensive and might not be covered by insurance — find out what your medical plan covers ahead of time.
Diagnosing male infertility problems usually involves:
General physical examination and medical history. This includes examining your genitals and asking questions about any inherited conditions, chronic health problems, illnesses, injuries or surgeries that could affect fertility. Your doctor might also ask about your sexual habits and about your sexual development during puberty.
Semen analysis. Semen samples can be obtained in a couple of different ways. You can provide a sample by masturbating and ejaculating into a special container at the doctor's office. Because of religious or cultural beliefs, some men prefer an alternative method of semen collection. In such cases, semen can be collected by using a special condom during intercourse.
Your semen is then sent to a laboratory to measure the number of sperm present and look for any abnormalities in the shape (morphology) and movement (motility) of the sperm. The lab will also check your semen for signs of problems such as infections.
Often sperm counts fluctuate significantly from one specimen to the next. In most cases, several semen analysis tests are done over a period of time to ensure accurate results. If your sperm analysis is normal, your doctor will likely recommend thorough testing of your female partner before conducting any more male infertility tests.
Often, an exact cause of infertility can't be found. Even if an exact cause isn't clear, your provider might be able to recommend treatments or procedures that will lead to conception.
In cases of infertility, it's recommended that the female partner also be checked. There may be specific treatments recommended for your partner. Or, you may learn that proceeding with assisted reproductive techniques is appropriate in your situation.
MENovations Wellness treatments for male infertility include:
Hormone treatments and medications. Your doctor might recommend hormone replacement or medications in cases where infertility is caused by high or low levels of certain hormones or problems with the way the body uses hormones.
***MENovations Wellness only prescribes medication that may increase your sperm count. This therapy, however does not guarantee conception. You may need to see a fertility specialist for other possibly procedures.
How It Works
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know that I might have an issue?
If you have been actively trying to conceive and unable to get pregnant, then it would benefit you get evaluated at the minimum.
Do I need to be seen in person?
No, the consultation for this service can be done virtually in the privacy of your home.
How will this visit take place?
This visit will take place virtually via telemedicine.
Do I need a sperm analysis?
Yes, we utilize a company called Fellow for collection and analyzation.
How much does this sperm analysis cost?
The price is $180 through Fellow.
Will I need to have blood work done?
Yes, it is important to have your blood work done. Certain numeric values are essential in diagnosing fertility issues and establishing a baseline for medical management.
Can you guarantee fertility?
No, we can not. This service serves only to increase sperm counts if needed in order to create a better environment for successful conception.
Should my partner get checked as well?
Absolutely. The issue could be that both of you are having difficulties or simply, the issues lies with your partner.
Why would I need this therapy?
You should only seek this treatment option out if you are actively having problems and you would like to try and tackle the issue in a simple way to start. If increasing your sperm count does not help you achieve conception, then the problem is possibly your partner or much more of an issue than MENovations Wellness deals with. If needed, you will be referred to a fertility specialist.