Infertility can be caused by a variety of factors affecting the male or female partner, or both. Though issues involving male infertility can make up as much as 50% of infertility cases, less than half that percentage of men seem to be referred for a medical analysis. We review some of the common medical conditions that can make up male factor and decrease the likelihood of conception.
Below is a list of male fertility complications that could prevent the occurrence of conception:
-Structural abnormalities: Developmental abnormalities resulting from birth or as a result of an infection or previous surgery that involves the reproductive tract can obstruct the flow of sperm.
– Ejaculatory complications: Certain conditions can prevent the sperm from reaching the female. This may result from retrograde ejaculation, in which the sperm does not eject from the urethra but instead is redirected to the urinary bladder.
– Immunologic disorders: Sexual dysfunction can result from the occurrence of an endocrine disorder or the presence of antisperm antibodies caused by a previous infection, and this may prevent the sperm from successfully penetrating the egg.
– Sperm production disorders: If you have undergone a vasectomy in the past of having another condition that reduces the production of sperm, it can greatly impede the process of conception.
Many cases of male infertility are symptoms of pre-existing health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, thyroid gland disease, brain tumor or diabetes, and it’s important to have a sound understanding of your medical health.
If you suspect male factor is resulting in infertility complications for you and your partner, we encourage you to contact Idaho Fertility Center at (208) 529-2019 and arrange to speak with our reproductive endocrinologists. Through state-of-the-art treatment and technology, we can provide you with optimal fertility treatment in Idaho Falls, Idaho.