Male infertility is referred to as a sexually active man’s inability to get his spouse pregnant even after trying for over a year. According to stats, infertility is the reason 15 out of 100 couples fail to conceive with unprotected sex, and about 30% of these cases are due to male infertility. Male infertility usually stems from a low sperm count or issues with sperm delivery.
Fortunately, several male infertility treatments are available in clinics and hospitals across the globe. At EuroMed Clinic Dubai, we use proven clinical methods to help you start your journey towards parenthood.
Table of Contents
- 1 What Causes Male Infertility?
- 2 How is Male Infertility Diagnosed?
- 3 What are the Treatment Options for Male Infertility?
- 4 How can Counseling Help?
- 5 Book a Consultation
What Causes Male Infertility?
Male fertility depends on many factors, some of which hold significant importance. Any problem with such factors can lead to infertility. For instance, sperm production problems or the inability of the sperm to reach the egg make a man unable to induce pregnancy in his sexual partner. Even the unusual temperature of the scrotum can contribute to male infertility.
The most common reasons for male infertility are as follows:
- Varicoceles (a problem characterized by swollen veins in the scrotum)
- Sperm disorders (problems with the sperm shape, growth, movement, and overall count)
- Retrograde ejaculation (a problem causing the semen to move to the bladder instead of ejecting from the penis after a man reaches the climax)
- Immunologic infertility (a condition caused by antibodies attacking sperms in the body)
- Obstruction (blockage in the tubes responsible for transporting sperms due to swelling or other defects)
- Hormonal imbalance (lower levels of the hormones that tell testicles to produce sperms)
- Changes in Chromosomes or DNA molecules
- Medication (Medicines used to treat depression, anxiety, digestive problems, infections, cancer, and high blood pressure)
How is Male Infertility Diagnosed?
Proper diagnosis is unquestionably the vital prerequisite for male infertility treatment. The doctor will choose the most appropriate treatment based on this analysis. Here is a quick overview of what may be involved in the male infertility diagnostic procedure.
- Semen analysis: The doctor collects a sample of your semen and checks things that affect your fertilization. They mainly check sperm count, volume, structure, movement, and concentration. Fortunately, fewer or no sperms in the test report do not necessarily signify permanent infertility.
- Testicular biopsy: This test is usually recommended when a semen analysis shows a significantly lower number of sperms or no sperms at all. The doctor will perform this test after administering local or general anesthesia, depending on your overall health and other factors. They will make a small cut in the scrotal skin and take a small piece of tissue from both testicles during this procedure.
- Blood tests: The doctor may take a blood sample to check follicle-stimulating hormones and testosterone levels. These hormones play a significant role in the maturation and development of sperms.
What are the Treatment Options for Male Infertility?
At EuroMed Clinic Dubai, we offer the most appropriate treatment based on the diagnostic procedure results. Here are some most recommended treatments for male infertility.
The doctor places sperms directly into the woman’s fallopian tubes, uterus, or cervix during this procedure using different techniques. A pretty popular method is intrauterine insemination, during which the doctor places sperms in the uterus. This method is one of the most effective ways to deal with male infertility.
Artificial insemination is helpful because it shortens the distance the sperms have to cover to reach the fallopian tubes. Also, these strategically placed sperms can sidestep obstructions, which could otherwise prevent conception.
In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) & Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer (GIFT)
Both these techniques involve mixing sperms with female eggs.
In In-vitro Fertilization (IVF), the doctor gets eggs from a woman’s ovary and fertilizes them with sperms. These fertilized eggs (embryos) are then placed into the uterus. One complete cycle of IVF may take three weeks.
Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer (GIFT) involves:
- Extracting eggs from the ovaries.
- Mixing those eggs with sperms.
- Injecting that mixture (gametes) into the fallopian tubes.
This treatment is minimally invasive since it involves laparoscopic surgery to extract eggs from the ovaries and transfer gametes to initiate conception.
Fertility Medications for Men
Male fertility medicines are helpful when a man’s endocrine system faces issues. These medications bring much-needed changes to the hormonal levels. More specifically, this treatment increases testosterone levels and decreases estrogen levels. These medications are available in both pills and injections. While these medications have proven helpful, it is vital to speak to a skilled doctor beforehand.
How can Counseling Help?
Male infertility can take its toll on mental health, making men lose hope and get overwhelmed by a sense of denial. Such patients can benefit from counseling sessions during which they find opportunities to speak out about their concerns and find necessary emotional support. Not only does counseling help overcome the psychological impact of male infertility, but it can also prevent or repair the dented relationship between intimate partners.
Book a Consultation
Male infertility is a serious issue as it prevents conception. But the good news is this condition is treatable in most cases. At EuroMed Clinic Dubai, we use advanced diagnostic procedures to give our patients the most appropriate treatment for their infertility problems. You can fill in the form below to book a consultation during which you can discuss your case in detail.