Male infertility is often overlooked or downplayed as compared to female infertility, when in fact male factors contribute up to 50% of infertility cases! Thus, the evaluation of the male partner is equally essential when a couple faces problems conceiving.
A sperm functional assessment is the main essential test for men. One semen analysis alone is often sufficient to determine subsequent management pathway. Semen analysis is also often complemented with tests for sperm DNA fragmentation to provide greater insight on sperm function.
Should assisted reproduction technique (ART) be deemed necessary, sperm selection will be conducted by identifying highest-potential sperm to be used. New techniques are in the works to improve the live birth rate either by identifying sperm for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) based on their functionality, or by further purifying a prepared sperm sample.
Causes are numerous and broadly comprise of medical and lifestyle factors.
Should you or your partner experience difficulty conceiving, please do not hesitate to consult a fertility specialist, who will assess both partners’ fertility and general health to identify the root cause for treatment.
Delaying an assessment and proper diagnosis can worsen the situation as time is of the essence when it comes to fertility treatments.
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