Couples who are having trouble conceiving often look into fertility treatments as a possible solution. In these cases, it may turn out that a man’s low sperm count is contributing to infertility issues. Fortunately, there are plenty of possible ways for couples to increase their chances of becoming pregnant despite a lack of healthy sperm being produced. Read more about how to deal with male infertility so you can get pregnant.
Know the Risks
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Certain factors can lead to an increased risk of male infertility, including:
- Environmental toxins (lead, pesticides, etc.)
- Smoking cigarettes
- Excessive drug and alcohol use
- Having overheated testicles (from bathing in hot water, wearing tight clothing, etc.)
- Injury to the testes or the scrotum
- Having an undescended testicle
- Undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments
Men should make themselves aware of these risks to increase their chances of producing healthy sperm. Risk factors which can be avoided, such as exposure to environmental toxins, smoking, excessive drug and alcohol use and overheated testicles should be avoided if possible. Doing so may be able to increase your fertility. For other issues, such as an injury, chemotherapy, or an undescended testicle, seek a doctor’s advice as to how these health issues could affect your fertility.
Find a Fertility Specialist
Your first step is tackling male infertility issues is to find a physician who specializes in infertility. Preferably, you’ll want a doctor who doesn’t just focus on female infertility. This specialist will be able to perform testing to confirm the source of your fertility issues and give you detailed information about your treatment options. Do your research to find a physician who has a great success rate with patients to increase your own personal chances of success.
Choose a Treatment
With the help of your doctor, you’ll want to choose a treatment that works best for you. There are several possible treatment options for male infertility, including:
- Hormone replacement or medication: This can help in cases where abnormal hormone levels are contributed to male infertility.
- Surgery: Surgery may include clearing obstructions, repairing the vas deferens, or reversing a vasectomy.
- Assisted reproductive technology: For this process, sperm is obtained through normal ejaculation and inserted via in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
In many cases, assisted reproductive technology provides great results. With IVF, the woman takes medication to ripen several eggs before the procedure takes place. ICSI is a type of IVF during which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. During IUI, healthy sperm are separated from the rest of the semen before being inserted. Each of these steps help significantly increase the chances of the woman becoming pregnant.
If you’re attempting to get pregnant with your partner, but your low sperm count is holding you back, don’t hesitate to pursue help from a fertility specialist. Many options are available to assist couples who are trying to conceive while dealing with male infertility. With the right treatment, you may be able to get the results you’re hoping for.