We work with patients to discover the direct cause of male factor infertility. The more common infertility problems that affect males include low sperm count, low sperm motility, or a high percentage of abnormally shaped sperm. In these cases, sperm washing can be performed along with intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Less common causes of male infertility include cases in which a physical blockage prevents sperm from leaving the testes. In these cases, surgery may be performed to remove the blockage, or sperm can be extracted directly from the testes.
Fertility testing is the first step for patients struggling to become pregnant. Fertility testing typically involves blood work and a semen analysis. Blood work is typically performed on day 3 and day 21 to check the woman's ovarian reserve and progesterone levels. A semen analysis is performed to evaluate the male's sperm count and quality. In addition, patients may undergo ultrasound testing to check for any physical complications that could be preventing pregnancy.
To help you understand some common medical terms and fertility procedures, we have compiled a glossary for your review. By knowing what is involved with the various testing and treatment options, you can prepare emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially for the services you receive.
Patients use donated sperm and eggs to conceive children for a variety of reasons. When selecting a donor's egg or sperm, patients can select characteristics such as hair color and race. Our donor network is extremely professional and only works with healthy donors. Every potential donor undergoes an intensive medical and psychological screening process before she is accepted into the program.