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Male Infertility

Interracial couple with their children
Interracial couple with their children

Male Infertility

When a couple is having trouble conceiving a child, 50% of the time infertility issues can be traced back to the female, 30% of the time to the male, and 20% of the time to both. If you and your partner still aren’t pregnant after trying for a year, Ochsner may be able to help. If you have male factor infertility, chances are it’s treatable.

Ochsner is home to an experienced team that can diagnose and treat all aspects of male infertility, both simple and complex.

For some men, a diagnosis of infertility can be devastating. At Ochsner, you’ll find experts who can help you deal with both the physical and emotional aspects of your condition.

Around 13 out of 100 couples can't conceive a baby with unprotected sex, but there are solutions – many of them quite simple. You owe it to yourself and your partner to seek them out.

If you’re struggling with male infertility, don’t assume nothing can be done – even if you’ve been told this in the past. You have to be relentless.

With recent treatment advances, many causes of infertility can be correctable. Make an appointment now at 504-842-4083.

Male infertility can be caused by pre-testicular issues, testicular conditions and post-testicular issues.

If your general health is compromised, your reproductive system may not be operating optimally, and your infertility may be a result of pre-testicular causes, such as:

  • Aging
  • Low testosterone (hypogonadism)
  • Decrease in the sperm-stimulating hormones LH and FSH
  • Obesity
  • Psychological stress
  • Unhealthy diet

Disorders in the testes can also cause infertility. They include:

  • Abnormal sperm shape
  • Chromosomal disorders
  • Age-related conditions
  • Excessive heat or friction
  • Exposure to pesticides or harsh chemicals
  • Infection
  • Low sperm count
  • A history of malaria or mumps
  • Testicular cancer
  • Treatment for testicular cancer
  • Testicular trauma

Finally, a man’s sperm might be healthy but, for some reason, can’t reach the tip of the penis properly. In such cases, male infertility is said to have a post-testicular cause. These include:

  • Blocked or missing vas deferens (tube in the male reproductive system)
  • Ejaculatory duct obstructions (epididymis)
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Hernia surgery complications
  • Hypospadias (when the penile opening is improperly positioned)
  • Lack of ejaculate (aspermia)
  • Previous vasectomy
  • Retrograde ejaculation

After an initial consultation and comprehensive exam, your doctor may order one or more of the following tests:

  • Semen analysis
  • Hormone testing
  • Genetic analysis
  • An ultrasound

A number of non-surgical and surgical treatments are available to men suffering from infertility.

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