Infertility is more common than many people realize, and it affects both women and men. One in eight couples has trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy, meaning they have trouble conceiving a child after one year if unprotected sex, and about one-third of infertility is attributed to the male partner.
Male fertility problems can be caused by many different factors. Men often have pituitary or other hormone problems that can affect both fertility and general life. There are inherited problems like varicose veins in the scrotum, cysts in the prostate or chromosome problems, many of which can be reversed. There also are inherent testis abnormalities that may not be fixable but can be treatable.
The first test should be a good semen analysis that needs to include information on what the semen looks like, which also provides information on the function of the prostate and accessory glands. It also should include sperm count motility and morphology (shape). If all of these results are normal, you may be fine. However, there is a lot of overlap between normal and not. If you are part of an infertile couple or have problems with fatigue, reduced sexual interest or testis discomfort, consult a reproductive specialist.
Yes, it can be possible with a vasectomy reversal, which reconnects the pathway for the sperm to get into the semen. Most often, the cut ends of the vas are reattached. In some cases, the ends of the vas are joined to the epididymis. When the tubes are joined, sperm can again flow through the urethra.
Margaret Vereb, MD, is the only fellowship trained andrology/male infertility specialist in West Virginia. She is an expert in the care and management of men with hormone abnormalities and infertility issues. She also performs vasectomy reversal and varicocele repair.
Dr. Vereb is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed residencies at Massachusetts General Hospital and Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. Dr. Vereb completed a fellowship in male infertility at Baylor College of Medicine.
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