Our team can help you understand and overcome many male infertility causes
At Midwest Fertility Specialists, our team knows that about half of fertility struggles are due to male infertility causes. As a result, our Indiana fertility specialists often begin the diagnostic process by ordering a semen analysis for the male partner. Depending on the man’s medical history and test results, our doctors may order additional testing to make a diagnosis.
Reviewing male infertility causes
When it comes to male infertility, most people just think of a low sperm count. While this is a common cause, there are many others that our Indiana fertility specialists will consider when making a diagnosis.
Issues with sperm quality are some of the leading causes of male infertility. For conception and a successful pregnancy to occur, a man needs to have enough high-quality sperm. If he has a low sperm count, it is less likely that the sperm will be able to fertilize an egg. If the sperm quality is poor, the chance for conception could just as likely be hindered. Everything from an undescended testicle to certain infections can have a negative effect on sperm.
Anatomical concerns may include varicoceles, obstructions in the tubes that carry the sperm from the testicles to the penis, erectile dysfunction and other abnormalities present since birth. Varicoceles (an enlargement of the veins that drain the testicles) can affect testicular temperature and sperm quality. In contrast, erectile dysfunction and obstructions can have a negative effect on sperm delivery. A medical history or a physical exam will often help to reveal these male infertility causes.
Hormonal imbalances can affect sexual urges and the production and the distribution of sperm. One common example is low testosterone (Low T), which can impact a man’s sperm production and sex drive. Thankfully, bloodwork can help identify this issue and any other hormonal problem. Additionally, contrary to what one might think, taking testosterone to fix this issue can actually have a detrimental effect. As a result, it is best to bring any concerns about this up with our doctors so that they can develop the best treatment plan for you.
Lifestyle factors can also play a role in male infertility
A man’s lifestyle affects his reproductive potential, just like it impacts every other aspect of his health. Our Indiana fertility specialists often advise our patients to make the following lifestyle changes to overcome male infertility causes.
- Avoid smoking cigarettes or using other illegal or performance enhancing drugs.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Take precautions around toxic chemicals and heavy metals at work.
- Don’t spend too much time in a sauna or a hot tub.
- Do your best to manage stress levels.
- Take time to exercise regularly.
These tips can help patients avoid subjecting themselves to male infertility risk factors.
Get started on the path to parenthood today
In most cases, lifestyle changes or basic fertility treatments are enough to overcome male infertility. To find the right treatment for you, contact us to schedule an appointment for diagnostic testing.