Learn important male infertility facts from Fertility Specialists of Texas
There’s a long-standing myth that infertility is just a “woman’s issue.” However, men are just as likely to experience fertility issues. This is just one of the important male infertility facts that many people don’t know. If you keep seeing one negative pregnancy test after another, you’ll want to keep reading. Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility specialists are explaining what hopeful parents need to know about male infertility.
Separating male infertility facts from myths
About 1 out of 8 U.S. couples will struggle with infertility. Over half of the time, male fertility issues are the primary or a contributing factor. Here are some other male infertility facts that you should know as a hopeful parent.
There isn’t just one cause of male infertility. Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility specialists can help treat many male infertility causes, including physical, hormonal, genetic and immunological. Some male infertility causes don’t have any symptoms, so couples may keep trying to welcome a baby and not realize that the male partner has fertility issues.
A semen analysis is the first step to identify male factor infertility. This test provides information about a man’s sperm count as well as the shape, size and movement of his sperm. If any abnormalities exist, there are fertility treatments that can help.
Having sex every two to three days is ideal. Most men will ejaculate millions of sperm during sex, which will travel through a woman’s cervix and into her uterus and fallopian tubes. Once in the tubes, the sperm can live there (and fertilize an egg) for two to three days. Knowing this information can take the pressure off to have sex every day.
Lifestyle changes can improve sperm health, but it takes time. Although men make new sperm every day, it takes about 72 days for sperm to go from a germ cell to a mature sperm that’s capable of fertilizing an egg. That means making lifestyle changes (like reducing alcohol consumption and giving up cigarettes) can help with your sperm health a few months from now.
Our team offers treatments for many male infertility causes
When you visit one of our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility specialists, he or she will order a semen analysis. The results will help them develop a customized treatment plan for you. Depending on your unique situation, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments.
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI), or artificial insemination
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
Your doctor will work closely with you and your partner to make sure that your treatment plan meets your needs, goals and budget. Contact us to schedule an appointment, learn more male infertility facts and get started on your path to fatherhood at FST.