Treatment For Male Infertility
Treatment for male infertility depends on the finding of infertility tests. Once the specific cause of infertility has been identified then a course of treatment can be chosen. Male infertility may be the result of more than one condition.
If you want to treat male infertility, you will need:
- Diagnostic test recommended by your physician
- Surgery. There are a few conditions that cause male infertility that can be corrected with surgery. An obstruction in the duct can be cleared by surgery. A swollen vein, called a varicocele, can be removed. Even a prior vasectomy can be surgically reversed.
- Treating infections. Sexually transmitted diseases can cause blockages and scarring in the reproductive tract. Any infection that affects your immune system might lower the sperm count or affect the mobility of the sperm, causing infertility. Antibiotics and other medications can be used to treat these conditions.
- Treatment of sexual intercourse problems. Even if the sperm or viable, erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation problems may prevent the delivery of the sperm. Medication can be used to treat these conditions that can result in infertility. Counseling may also be helpful.
- Hormone treatments and medications. If hormone levels are the cause of the infertility then hormone replacements or other medications can be used to correct these imbalances.
- Assisted reproductive therapy (ART). In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common ART used to combat infertility. Sperm is taken from the male and injected into the female’s egg in a laboratory. Then the fertilized egg is place in the female’s uterus to mature.
- Alternatives. If a couple finds that they are not able to solve their male infertility issue then there are some alternatives. One is obtaining a sperm donation that can be used to fertilize the female’s egg. Adoption, although not a cure for infertility, is one way that a couple can become parents.