Reasons for Male Infertility
At our Los Angeles fertility center, the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, we know that infertility is one of the most difficult and personal medical issues a family will face. That is why we are dedicated to helping couples expand their family in a way that most appropriately meets each patient’s medical, emotional, and financial needs. This process often starts with a medical evaluation to determine the source of fertility problems. We are sure to examine both our male and female patients to look for any signs of infertility. By recognizing the source of infertility, we are better prepared to offer viable treatment options that will help our patients expand their families.
For our Los Angeles patients suffering from male infertility, it is often the result of physical problems, hormonal imbalances, or lifestyle choices.
Physical Causes of Male Infertility
There are many physical conditions that can lead to male infertility. These problems may result in lower sperm count, abnormal sperm shape, or a disrupted pathway for the sperm to travel through. Some of the physical conditions that may result in male infertility are:
- Variocoele (an enlargement of the spermatic veins)
- Retrograde ejaculation, which causes the semen to enter the bladder rather than exiting through the tip of the penis
- Undescended testicles
- Damaged sperm ducts
- Erectile dysfunction
- Certain infections and diseases, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia
Although hormone imbalances are the cause of a small percentage of male infertility cases, a hormonal imbalance can interfere with the testes ability to produce and disseminate sperm. Abnormalities in hormonal systems such as the thyroid and pituitary can lead to male infertility.
There are a number of lifestyle choices and habits that can cause male infertility. Some of these include:
- Heavy drinking
- The use of illegal drugs, including anabolic steroids
- Excessive stress
- Malnutrition and low levels of vitamin C and zinc
Treating Male Infertility
Once a cause of male infertility has been determined, our doctors at the Center for Fertility and Gynecology can recommend treatment. While some causes of male infertility can be treated directly to allow for natural conception, it is likely that alternative methods of conception will need to be considered. For many of our patients in Los Angeles, IVF (in vitro fertilization) has resulted in successful pregnancy. During the in vitro fertilization process, a sperm donation from the father can be used when possible or a sperm donor can also be used when necessary. This can be a good alternative for couples facing male infertility problems.
Schedule an Appointment
Every couple deserves to have their dream of parenthood fulfilled. Whether you are having trouble conceiving or have been unsuccessful in finding quality fertility treatment, look no further than the Center for Fertility and Gynecology in Los Angeles. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced doctors at your earliest convenience. We are ready to guide you through this trying time and help you realize the dream of parenthood.