Physical causes

If you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant without any success you may be starting to feel a little anxious; or maybe you just want to know for sure that it is not your side of the equation holding things up. Did you know that male fertility tests are simpler than the equivalent female ones and if we do find something amiss, it can give your Fertility Specialist a much clearer course of action? 

Of course sometimes your sperm is just fine and it’s a physical issue that’s causing the problem. Here are some of the most common ones, and rest assured, we can help you overcome these issues:

  • Erectile dysfunction - the inability to get or sustain an erection;
  • Undescended testis - your testis has not reached its normal position in your scrotum which stops it from functioning properly and may stop it from producing sperm;
  • Retrograde ejaculation - everything retro might be in fashion but this is one area where it’s not cool, as ejaculate containing the sperm flows backwards into your bladder;
  • Scrotal varicocele - large veins (varicose veins) wrapping around one or both of your testicles which impairs the ability of the scrotum to cool down and therefore affects sperm numbers and movement;
  • Testicular injury;
  • Previous vasectomy; and
  • Abnormal penile anatomy.

Read on to find out more about the symptoms, the science and the solutions.

Telltale signs – How do I know if I have a physical issue?

While some of these physical issues are easy to detect, others don’t have any obvious symptoms at all. The best bet is to discuss your concerns with your doctor or give us a call to organise an appointment.

The Fertility Factor – Could a physical issue be stopping my partner and me from falling pregnant?

Blockages (often called obstructions) in the tubes which carry sperm away from the testes to the penis can cause a complete lack of sperm in the ejaculated semen. It’s the second most common cause of male infertility and affects about one in every five infertile men, including men who have had a vasectomy but now wish to have more children.

The good news – How will my Doctor diagnose and treat me?

Your Fertility Specialist will take your medical history, conduct a physical examination and possibly order a semen analysis to determine if you have any of the following issues. 

Retrograde ejaculation analysis
Erectile dysfunction
Testicular injury
Vasectomy reversal

Next Steps

The best treatment for you will be worked out by your Genea Fertility Specialist, as there are obviously many different factors to consider.

You may already know you have a physical issue or perhaps some of the issues we’ve described sound familiar to you. If you’re concerned that this is what’s causing you and your partner trouble conceiving, a simple discussion with a Genea Fertility Specialist is the first step you should take. We’ll work with you to come to a diagnosis and organise any tests which are needed to design the best treatment plan for you.

To take the next step and organise an appointment, call us.