Male fertility treatments can make parenthood possible
In some cases, patients need to rely on male fertility treatments to welcome a baby. In fact, male factor infertility causes one-third of fertility issues, while another third of cases are due to a combination of both female and male infertility. The team at our Indiana fertility center offers comprehensive diagnostic tools and highly effective treatments to help patients overcome male infertility and welcome a healthy baby.
Diagnostic testing is the first step of the process
The most effective treatment is the one that’s designed to combat the patient’s specific cause of infertility. As a result, our doctors start each new patient consultation with an infertility evaluation of both the male and the female partner. After taking a thorough medical and family history, our Indiana fertility center team will order a semen analysis.
The semen analysis is a valuable tool in our doctors’ diagnostic arsenal. It provides important information about a man’s sperm count, quality, motility (movement) and morphology (shape). In some cases, these test results may prompt additional testing or a referral to a local urologist. This expert in the male reproductive tract can help when severe male infertility is present.
Reviewing male fertility treatments to find the right one
Our Indiana fertility center offers a wealth of treatments to help men overcome the causes of infertility. These options range from basic to advanced, ensuring that there’s a treatment for every situation.
- Clomid isn’t just for women. This fertility medication binds to receptors in the hypothalamus, which is in the brain. The hypothalamus then sends a signal to the pituitary gland to increase follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) production. The result is increased sperm and testosterone production.
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the most common male fertility treatments. It involves inserting washed and prepared sperm into the female partner’s uterus using a thin tube called a catheter. The doctor performs this procedure around the time of ovulation to increase the chances of conception.
- In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a more advanced option that involves multiple steps. The woman takes medications to stimulate egg production and then undergoes an egg retrieval procedure. Embryologists fertilize the eggs with sperm in the laboratory. Then, one of our doctors will transfer a resulting embryo to the female partner’s uterus.
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be part of an IVF cycle when a man has a very low sperm count or other parameters indicating a lower likelihood of natural fertilization. This process involves injecting a single healthy sperm into each egg to achieve fertilization.
In cases of severe male infertility, donor sperm as part of IUI or IVF can provide another path to parenthood.
Find hope and support at Midwest Fertility Specialists
Male infertility doesn’t have to put an end to the dream of parenthood. If you’d like to learn more about male fertility treatments, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced doctors.