We offer treatments for a low sperm count to help the dream of parenthood come true
You’re not alone if you think that infertility just affects women. However, about half of infertility cases involve male fertility issues, so there’s no need to panic if your semen analysis results reveal a low sperm count. Many men have this problem and don’t realize it until they have fertility testing. As a result, it can be shocking for hopeful fathers. Thankfully, we have plenty of treatments to address this common cause of male infertility.
What are the steps to treat a low sperm count?
Our Dallas-Fort Worth infertility center knows it’s important to understand the full picture before recommending any treatment. A semen analysis can tell us whether your count is high, normal or low. However, it can’t pinpoint why. That’s why we’ll perform additional testing if your semen analysis shows a low sperm count.
First, we’ll order a second semen analysis to confirm the results. Sperm count can vary based on different factors, including how recently you’ve ejaculated, so it’s important to double-check the result.
If the results of the analysis still show a low count, we may make a referral to a local urologist. This is a special type of doctor that focuses on diagnosing and treating issues in the male urinary and reproductive tracts. Your urologist can perform testing to determine which of the following issues could be causing you to have a low sperm count.
- Surgeries, infections and injuries to the pelvic area.
- Certain health issues like diabetes and retrograde ejaculation.
- Genetic conditions that affect sperm production.
- Certain cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.
- Structural problems with the penis or the testicles.
- The use of medications for low T.
- Hormonal imbalances.
- A previous vasectomy.
- Lifestyle issues ranging from obesity to cigarette smoking.
Once our team or your urologist finds out why you have a low count, we can develop a treatment plan to help you have a child.
What are the treatment options for this male fertility issue?
Each patient who visits our Dallas-Fort Worth infertility center receives a customized treatment plan. That’s because each patient has a unique diagnosis and health history as well as their own budget and family-building goals.
However, our doctors may recommend intrauterine insemination (IUI) in cases of mild male infertility. In other cases, our team will likely recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF). Often, we will suggest that patients combine IVF with a lab procedure called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). With ICSI, embryologists inject a single healthy sperm into an egg, which increases the likelihood of fertilization and pregnancy.
If you’ve found out that you have a low sperm count, we can help. Contact us to schedule an appointment and get started on your path to parenthood.