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By on July 31, 2012

Sperm Evaluation

A great deal of time and effort is expended upon the female components of reproduction.  Evaluations of ovarian reserve, endometrial receptivity, tubal patency and oocyte quality are just a few of the tests to which female patients are subjected.

With such focus on the female, many clinics in Los Angeles or throughout the country neglect the male partner’s contribution.  A simple semen analysis is often the only test that is performed on the male.

At the Center for Fertility and Gynecology in Los Angeles, we believe that a fertility evaluation should include comprehensive consideration of female as well as male causes of infertility.

Advanced Testing

With this in mind, our practice has the ability to offer advanced testing and treatment of male related fertility disorders.  These tests include the SCSA (sperm structure chromatin analysis), genetic testing (karyotype and Y-chromosome microdeletion) and imaging options like scrotal ultrasound.  

Additionally, we have strong professional relationships with world renowned reproductive urologists.   These specialists are available for consultation and to perform the delicate procedures which may be necessary to obtain healthy sperm.  

Laboratory

Of course, our laboratory is highly competent with fertilization techniques such as ICSI as well as less conventional procedures like PICSI dish and sperm spinning.  

Current Studies

Further, our physicians maintain a working knowledge of the current literature and research in this ever evolving field.  If there is a new test available, or an interesting development, you can be sure that the physicians at the Center for Fertility and Gynecology know about it.  An example of this is an interesting observation from the Max Planck Gesellschaft in Germany.  The scientists in this lab determined that sperm can do calculus! 

It has long been known that calcium concentration is an important factor in directing sperm towards the egg within the fallopian tube.  This most recent study demonstrated that the absolute concentration of calcium is not actually as important as the change in calcium concentration.   To determine change in concentration, one must utilize calculus based methods.  Thus the conclusion, that sperm can do calculus.

If you have questions about basic human reproduction, or want to chat about sperm and calculus, give us a call.  One of our fertility specialists will be happy to speak with you    

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