Andrology

Male Infertilty Consultations

Reproductive care is unique because it is about the couple, not an individual. Male fertility specialists focus exclusively on the treatment of the man in order to allow couples to achieve pregnancy either naturally or with the least invasive treatment possible. We feel that both male and female reproductive specialists are critical to optimal treatment of couples struggling with infertility and are happy to work with any primary care physician, urologist, or reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialists (REIs) you are already established with.

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What Is Male Infertility?

Infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of regular unprotected intercourse. Couples usually achieve pregnancy by intercourse at a rate of approximately 20–25% per month, 75% by six months, and 90% by one year. Studies, examining large populations have demonstrated that 15–24% of couples have infertility. In approximately 30% of these couples, infertility is caused by a male factor alone, and in an additional 20% of couples, by both male and female factors.

How Common Is Male Infertility?

Thus, 50% of couples experiencing infertility have a clinically significant male factor. Put another way, 20% of couples experience infertility and 10% of all couples have infertility due to male factors. The next time you are in a grocery store, look around and count ten couples—chances are at least one of these couples has infertility due to a male factor. The good news is that most forms of male infertility are highly treatable in the hands of a skilled professional.

Most couples going through fertility struggles are shocked to find out this is such a common condition. Part of this stems from the fact that men are much more reluctant to talk about these issues than women and male factor infertility has historically received much less attention than female infertility. For years, it was thought that the quality of the eggs and the age of the woman were the main factors driving reproductive success.

Recently, work by the deCODE group in Iceland has shown that men can contribute significantly to reproductive success. This group showed that age-related changes in men’s sperm can confer a roughly 4% increased relative risk of having a child with schizophrenia or autism per year of additional age after age 25. The absolute risk of these diseases are still extremely low, even in men having children in their fifties and sixties, but this work showed for the first time that male sperm quality can be directly linked to some reproductive outcomes. This has caused the academic community to focus more on how sperm quality impacts reproductive success.

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