NJ Male Infertility Treatment
Male infertility is usually due to a low sperm count, abnormal sperm function, or blockage that prevents the delivery of the sperm. Approximately 15% of couples experience infertility, and half of the time it is due to the male being infertile.
The most common sign of male infertility is the inability to conceive a child after having unprotected sex for longer than a year. Other signs may be trouble with sexual function, pain or a lump in the testicle, or signs of low testosterone. A male’s sperm count can be affected by antibodies that mistake sperm as harmful and attack which can be diagnosed with an Antisperm Antibody Test. Other factors that can affect sperm count include sperm duct defects, hormonal imbalances or prior surgeries.
Blockage of the sperm from the normal passage in any part of the reproductive tract is a frequent cause of infertility. The blockage may be due to past surgeries, infection, or inflammation. Luckily, obstruction is usually treatable.
Sperm disorders are a common cause of male infertility. A common sperm disorder is when the sperm is abnormally shaped, underdeveloped, or unable to move properly. Another sperm disorder is Oligospermia, where sperm is produced in abnormally low numbers. Azoospermia is a rare but similar disorder, where sperm is not present at all in semen.
Another cause of infertility may be the presence of Varicoceles. These dilated scrotal veins make it difficult for sperm to develop because they prevent proper drainage of blood. Varicocele Repair is a surgical procedure where the affected veins are cut to eliminate blood flow to the varicocele.
If you have been trying to reproduce for over a year, it is best for you and your spouse to see a doctor to determine the cause. Your doctor will help you to determine the cause of your infertility, and advise you with a plan to address the problem.
Appointments can be made by calling 908-927-0300. Somerset Urological Associates is located at 72 West End Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876.