One health issue that most men don’t want to talk about is fertility or infertility. Many people think that it is a woman’s problem, but it’s not.
Remember the old playground song “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby, and a baby carriage.” Well, that’s how it’s supposed to go, but not every couple has that good fortune. It’s about 50 percent of couples who’ve been trying for about one year to get pregnant will have some level of fertility issues. When there’s a problem conceiving, it turns out that it’s about 50/50, about half of the time it’s a male problem, nearly half of the time it’s a female problem, and about 10-20 percent of the time this a combined issue. Most of the time we give a couple about a year to try to get pregnant naturally before we tend to intervene. You can improve sperm count, but sperm count is not directly connected with male fertility
That a lot of times a man will know ahead of time that they might be the cause of the problem. He may have had an undescended testicle, or he may have had some surgery, or he may have had cancer of the testis, is something where he might know that there’s an underlying problem. But in many cases, the male partner has no idea. And men don’t go to the doctor; they leave the doctor as adolescents of age 18. Unless they have a problem, they don’t go to the doctor, till they hit about 45 and that is one of the things about men’s health that we want to focus in on men, making sure that they take care of themselves, like examining their testicles, stuff like that.
At the center for advanced reproductive services men often find the help they need. We’re looking for specific issues that are either treatable or reversible. So there are two approaches to how one will address a male factor problem. Number one is to directly to do things to improve the quality of the sperm so that the couple could get pregnant naturally, the old fashion one. The other approach is to move the sperm closer to the eggs, which would be intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization thing like that. And that’s where the reproductive and endocrinology team is accommodating with very high success rates at that end of things.
The men come in here to have their semen analysis, which is the first step in the process, usually one of the first steps to evaluating a couple that is experiencing infertility. We take just a tiny sample, we put under the microscope and look at the sperm.
A life that can make a new life. It is possible. And they can help at the center for advanced reproductive services. That is a great place that may help most people that go there. It’s essential for men to understand that they are part of the equation and it is a great place to go, and they can handle all of your questions.
Learn more information about male infertility on Wikipedia.