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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:
Read on to find out more about the symptoms, the science and the solutions.
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.
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.
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 occurs when the semen to be ejaculated - which would normally exit via the urethra - is incorrectly redirected towards the urinary bladder. We can diagnose retrograde ejaculation through a simple urine analysis performed on a urine sample that is obtained shortly after ejaculation.
Difficulties with sexual intercourse, such as erection or ejaculation problems, can also prevent couples from becoming pregnant. Nerve damage following spinal cord injury, diabetes, or surgery to the prostate or pelvis can prevent erection and ejaculation. Some drugs to treat depression or high blood pressure may also cause erection and ejaculation problems.
Perhaps you copped a cricket ball to the not so sweet spot or as a youngster maybe you came off second best on your bike once too often, landing hard upon the handles. Injuries to your testicles can happen during intense physical activity or in an accident and they generally include damage to the testicular tissue and blood vessel rupture. These conditions are mostly mild and repair on their own, although in some cases the damage can be so severe that removal of the testis is required. Men with one functioning testis are still able to conceive, however, if the injury that you sustained involved both testis, there may be an impact on fertility.
A common occurrence is the development of Antisperm Antibodies due to sperm entering the bloodstream and the body identifying them as a foreign invader.
Injury can also occur through torsion or twisting of the testis. This condition can be caused by physical activity but in most cases it is just the way the body develops. Testicular torsion is extremely painful and requires immediate medical attention, so you would be well aware if you’ve experienced this, however, you might not know that the condition can impact your fertility.
These days, surgical techniques have advanced to allow vasectomies to be reversed using high powered operating microscopes, delicate microsurgical instruments and stitches that are so fine it is almost impossible to see them with the naked eye. The most important influences on the chance of success following vasectomy reversal are the length of time from the vasectomy and female age. Your doctor can advise about the likelihood of a successful reversal procedure for you. Several Genea Fertility Specialists perform microsurgical vasectomy reversal.
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.
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