Nearly 1 in 10 men will experience infertility. Almost 40% of infertility cases in couples are traced back to a medical condition or other contributing factor from a male partner. Traces of infertility in men can range from issues with sperm production to interference with sperm delivery. Once you have come to the conclusion that you are having issues conceiving, it is important that both partners are tested.
Male infertility can be caused by physiological and lifestyle factors. Some physiological factors include:
- Genetic disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Infection (acute and/or chronic infections of the prostate or testicle)
- Anatomic issues (blockages, varicocele, tumors)
- Previous surgery or vasectomy
- Direct injury (testicular or pelvic trauma, heat, irradiation, etc.)
- Indirect injury (radiation therapy, chemotherapy, etc.)
- Undescended testicles with late repair
Common lifestyle factors that contribute to infertility in men include:
Studies suggest that smokers may have lower sperm count than those who don’t smoke. Secondhand smoke may also affect male fertility.
Excessive Heat Exposure
Potential increased scrotum temperature due to frequent use of saunas or hot tubs may temporarily lower a man’s sperm count. Additionally, anything that even slightly raises scrotum temperature – sitting for long periods, wearing light clothing, or working on a laptop computer – can have a similar effect.
Alcohol has been shown to lower testosterone levels, lower sperm count, and potentially cause erectile dysfunction. Men with liver disease caused by excessive drinking may also have trouble conceiving.
Emotional stress disrupts the body’s hormone production, which can affect the production of healthy sperm. Men who feel stressed are more likely to have lower concentrations of sperm in their ejaculate, and the sperm they have are more likely to be misshapen or have impaired mobility. These deficits could be associated with fertility problems.
The Next Steps
The team at SIRM St. Louis offers a variety of different procedures and treatment options that are customizable to your needs.
Most of our diagnostic tests are quick, non-invasive and often covered by insurance. Our physicians and andrologists have the expertise and experience to help determine the cause of your infertility. We will work with you to determine a diagnosis and the best treatment option for you.
- Semen analysis
- Sperm morphology testing
- Leukocytospermia screening
- Retrograde ejaculation (post-ejaculate urine) assessment
- Varicocele evaluation
- Hormonal evaluation
- Genetic evaluation
- Ultrasound evaluations of the complete male genitourinary tract
- Centrifugation and pellet analysis for azoospermia
- Seminal vesicle aspiration
- Penile vibratory simulation
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) processing
- Microsurgical vasectomy reversal
- Fertility Preservation for men with cancer
- Semen cryopreservation and storage
- Surgically extracted sperm and testicular tissue cryopreservation and storage
- IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
Our team at SIRM St. Louis customizes each patient’s treatment plan based on their specific needs. Different treatments may require medication, surgery or lifestyle changes. Ultimately, our goal is to make your dreams of family a reality. Click here to request an appointment and get started today.