When it comes to male sexual health, one of the biggest issues that we deal with and help in solving is the issue of male infertility. This can be an embarrassing and difficult subject for some men. All throughout time, men were judged and based on their fertility, and ability to create children. This is true of many cultures all around the world.
Male infertility is any condition in which the man adversely affects the chances of initiating a pregnancy with his female partner. These issues are most common when the man is unable to produce or deliver fully-functioning sperm.
Most do not know, that male infertility is a significant factor in about 40% of couples who have infertility problems.
Common factors in male infertility are:
- Sperm disorders. Sperm may be underdeveloped, abnormally shaped or unable to move properly. They may also be produced in abnormally low numbers or seemingly not at all. (Sperm disorders are the most common problems of male infertility.)
- Varicoceles. Dilated scrotal veins that impair sperm development by preventing proper drainage of blood.
- Retrograde ejaculation. Occurs when semen pushes backwards into the bladder instead of out of the penis due to a failure of nerves and muscles in the bladder neck.
- Immunologic infertility. Antibodies attack sperm and prevent their normal movement and functioning. The causes for this may include testicular trauma, testicular infection, large varicoceles or testicular surgery.
- Obstruction. Repeated infections, prior surgery, inflammation or development problems can cause obstructions that block sperm from its normal passage.
- Hormones. Low levels of hormones produced by the pituitary glands can cause poor sperm development.
- Certain medications.
A complete history and physical exam is typically followed by:
- Blood work
- Semen analysis. Used to assess factors such as volume, count, concentration, movement, and structure of spermatozoa, that help or hinder conception.
Other tests may include:
- Transrectal ultrasound. Used to determine if your ejaculatory ducts are either poorly developed or obstructed with cysts, calcifications or other blockages.
- Testicular biopsy. Used when semen analysis shows low or no sperm to determine the cause of infertility.
- Hormonal profiles. Used to discover the sperm-producing ability of your testicles and to rule out serious conditions.
- Genetic testing. Used to identify specific obstacles to fertility and problems with sperm.
If you feel you are in need of help with male infertility issues, then contact Z Urology for a group that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. The three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.
You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology. Z Urology is your leader in urological care. Go ahead and call now!