What About Male Infertility Treatment?
For many couples or women that do not
fall pregnant, the default seems to be that there is something wrong on the female/woman’s side and it has to
be investigated. Hardly anybody thinks yet of a male cause or the need of looking for a male infertility
treatment. Men are less likely to recognize that there may be other contributing factors, let alone their
own bodies, bio-medical, physical or genetic make-up.
But, what about male infertility treatments? Many couples come to realize later
into the game that something might be amiss and serious consideration of the health and status of the male
reproductive system has to be assessed and/or treated.
For male infertility treatments like these, most of the focus falls on correcting
errors or interventions pertaining to low sperm count, slow swimmers, (low sperm motility/movement), obstructions,
surgery, or reproductive technology alternatives (IVF) or intrauterine insemination, medications , improving semen,
fertility testing and treatments surrounding (reversal vasectomies), or retrograde ejaculation, erectile
dysfunction and such.
For men to be considered ‘infertile’ per definition, it would mean and translate
into being unsuccessful naturally at conception, and/or unable to achieve a pregnancy following repeated tries on a
frequent basis, after a time-period had elapsed (typically one year), of unprotected intercourse. But this is not a
‘death’ or impotent diagnosis by a long shot.
It is the beginning of the journey, not the end. Lots of assessments, tests and other
root-cause analysis are and will be done, as part of the normal process involved in this arena of life. In as much
as 50% of all infertile couples, the male factor has to be considered for partial responsibility. For most, it will
again be an eye opener and is no source of embarrassment, self-torturous self-dialogue or denial.
Role of hormonal, brain function as well as reproductive organs and mechanics are
necessary and important to pin-point origin, causality and potential, treatment and more of infertility.
Personal and medical history mark-up will be done, as well as a physical
examination and other tests. These diagnostic testing procedures will occur, which may include semen analysis, as a
predictor to/of reproductive health, functional ability and status of male hormones and cycles, sperm production,
viability of the whole male sperm reproductive tract etc.
The terms are typically ‘vague’, normal, abnormal, low, below x amount (sperm count),
adequate, but function may be harder to measure and pin down. These will include three specimens and a baseline,
which will be used for analysis and point of reference to proceed from. Volume, motility, density, morphology,
hormones, white cell presence are all measured, but genetic, blood-work and other tests may also be done, including
immunology work-ups, ultra-sounds.
Interaction, penetration, infection studies, surgical procedures and biopsies,
sperm donations may all form part of this treatment process in the attempts to get pregnant through natural means,
or perhaps technological break-trough innovation and intervention therapies.
Clinical and laboratory investigations do not have to be scary or overwhelming,
like ultra-sonography, non-invasive procedures. Surgical measures could include things like varicoelectomy, to
improve semen production and heighten the chances of conception.
Vasectomy reversals, Vasovasostomy and Epididymovasostomy and other micro-surgeries
resulting in functional success are also possible. Duct-re-sectioning, endocrine therapies, as well as assisted
reproductive techniques complete the picture.
Naturally speaking, male infertility treatments, erectile or ejaculatory
dysfunction is treatable and there are many male infertililty treatments that boost the effectiveness of the male
function and its parts! No-one has to suffer in silence or alone any longer!