Up to 50% of Patients Experience Male Factor Infertility

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While mostly discussed as a female problem, 50% of infertility cases are in part male factor – with 40% solely male factor infertility and an additional 10% combined female and male infertility.

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Amy & Brian went to the Dr. Oz Show to help find out why they were having trouble conceiving.

And this is exactly what Amy and Brian found out after trying to conceive on their own for a year. The couple met with Dr. Barbara Osborn and Dr. Anitha Nair in the Washington, DC office to have a basic infertility evaluation completed. One of the most important parts of the couples’ testing include a semen analysis for Brian.

Testing for Male Infertility

Testing for male infertility is simple. A semen analysis will determine if you might be experiencing male factor infertility and results at Shady Grove Fertility can be ready within 3-5 days. The semen analysis is looking for:

  • Volume – Besides sperm, semen contains amino acids, enzymes and several other secretions made by the male reproductive system. If the volume of ejaculate is low, that can mean the sample may be lacking in these important secretions that aid in the fertilization process. It could also signal a blockage or other issue in the semen’s pathway.
  • Concentration – This is what people commonly refer to as the “sperm count.” A low concentration can signal a problem with the testicles or male hormones that is preventing the testicles from making enough sperm.
  • Motility – The movement of the sperm is another important factor. If it is low, it can affect the ability of the sperm to reach the female reproductive tract and find the egg.
  • Morphology – This item refers to the shape of the sperm in the sample. The head of the sperm is the part that penetrates and fertilizes the egg. If these are misshapen, it may mean they do not contain the proper enzymes or other materials that are necessary to complete fertilization.

Normal Semen Analysis vs Abnormal Semen Analysis

Diagnosing Male Factor Infertility

Amy and Brian received the results of their basic infertility testing and decided to share their journey on the Dr. Oz Show who was coincidentally looking to follow a fertility patient through their experience as the same time.  The results of their semen analysis showed that Brian had severe male factor infertility resulting in a low sperm count.

The couple’s best chance of conceiving would be through in vitro fertilization (IVF) with ICSI, where the sperm would be injected directly into the egg. Learn more about IVF with ICSI.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons by calling 877-971-7755.