How Common Is Male Infertility?
Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system that affects an estimated 10 to 15 percent of couples trying to conceive in the United States. Male infertility occurs in approximately one-third of all infertility cases.
The remaining cases arise from insufficiency in both partners, or the cause of infertility simply cannot be explained.
Male Infertility Causes
Male infertility is a complex condition that we are just beginning to understand. When it comes to diagnosis and treatment, male infertility can be grouped into three different areas:
- The first group is where doctors can diagnose and treat your infertility.
- The second group is where doctors can diagnose the cause of infertility but cannot treat it.
- The third group is where doctors can’t diagnose what’s causing infertility or treat it.
Still, it’s important to keep in mind that most conditions can still be surgically treated, even though they fall into the third category where doctors can’t diagnose or treat the underlying cause. This means that most of the men we treat can father their own children.
Treatable Genetic Conditions
Most cases of male infertility are caused by genetic conditions that cause low sperm count. Many times, these genetic conditions can also cause no sperm to be in the ejaculate. Although we cannot treat the underlying genetic cause of many of these conditions, we are typically able to find sperm in about 70 percent of men with genetic conditions by using a special surgical procedure.
Other Treatable Causes
These other causes of male infertility can be diagnosed and treated effectively: