Male Infertility Treatment in Los Angeles, Glendale and Irvine, CA
Male infertility accounts for about one-third of all couple infertility issues. The majority of male infertility problems can be resolved by using fertility treatments or treating the underlying problem.
How common is male infertility?
Approximately 12% of couples are not able to achieve pregnancy after one full year of unprotected sexual intercourse. Of these couples, one-third of couples discover fertility in both partners or have unexplained infertility. One-third of couples find that the problem is related to female infertility, whereas the other one-third find that the problem is related to male infertility.
How does the doctor diagnose male infertility?
Male infertility is diagnosed using semen analysis. This simple test involves having the man produce a semen specimen, which is sent to the laboratory for evaluation. The lab workers measure the amount of semen, count the number of sperm, evaluate sperm motility (movement), and assess sperm shape. If all findings are normal, other testing may be necessary.
What laboratory tests are necessary to diagnose male infertility?
Other than the specialized semen analysis, general laboratory testing involves genetic karyotyping, assessment of hormone levels (testosterone, follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, prolactin, and estradiol), and urinalysis.