Male Infertility Treatment
There are a number of treatments available to help reverse this condition.
Varicoceles are the most common cause of male infertility. Fortunately, they are treatable. Treatment for this condition requires surgery to either block or remove the veins. Many men see an improvement following surgery, but the procedure may not be as effective if there are multiple causes of the infertility.
If your doctor determines that an infection is at the root of your infertility, they will likely prescribe an antibiotic. For a hormone imbalance, you may be given oral hormones or hormone injections to correct it.
Other treatments your doctor may recommend to help increase sperm count include:
- Wearing looser clothing
- Avoiding hot showers and hot tubs
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Taking supplements
If the above treatments do not seem to be working, your doctor may recommend other fertility avenues to you and your partner. These are called assisted reproductive techniques, and they are relatively new methods of increasing fertility.
One of these infertility treatments is artificial insemination, where doctors collect semen, process it in a lab, and insert it directly into a woman's cervix or uterus.
Another common treatment is in vitro fertilization. In this procedure, a doctor takes eggs from a woman's body and mixes it with sperm in a lab. Then, they place the mixture of eggs and sperm into the women's uterus and fallopian tubes. Some couples also choose to use intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Instead of combining the sperm with the egg, this procedure involves injecting a single sperm straight into an egg and then placing the pair in a woman's uterus. The mixture can also be frozen and saved for a future appointment.
There are very few risks that go along with infertility treatments for men. While any surgery has the chance for error or injury, there is a low risk of bleeding and infection for men who undergo sperm extraction during ART treatment.
Resources for Male Infertility
If you or someone you know is experiencing male infertility, here is a list of resources with more information about the condition. For any questions or concerns, make an appointment to speak with one of our specialists today.