Male Infertility Treatment Options
Many men are unaware there are male infertility treatment options available. The treatment options available to an individual are based off of the underlying cause of the infertility. It’s estimated, 10% to 20% of male infertility is caused by a blockage, which once corrected, infertility complications can be resolved. Up to 40% of infertility complications in men are caused from problems with the testes, which upon correction can cease infertility issues.
- Male infertility treatment options available to men with a blockage in the reproductive tract include surgery. It’s common for the ducts that contain the sperm to become blocked, often caused by a previous infection. Surgery can be conducted to remove the blockage to allow the sperm to exit the trapped ducts. A vasectomy can also be the cause of a blockage, causing infertility. Reversing a vasectomy is conducted by surgery as well; however, fertility is usually only achieved in 50% of the cases where a vasectomy was reversed.
- Rarely, there can be issues with hypothalamic or pituitary deficiencies, leading to male infertility. When this is the case, male infertility treatment options include treatment with hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). This consists of an injection given three to four times per week for up to six months. If this injection doesn’t reverse the infertility, there are other similar injections available.
- Men can suffer from basically a varicose vein in the scrotum, causing infertility. Male infertility treatment options for this cause of infertility include removing the varicose vein. However, this treatment option typically only reverses infertility in men who have a very large varicose vein.
The only accurate method that can be used to find the appropriate infertility option available to men is to undergo a thorough examination by a fertility specialist. Treating the underlying cause of the infertility can often improve the chances of fertility. However, some cases of infertility can not be resolved.