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Male fertility testing is the first step to getting effective treatment
Male fertility testing can help uncover the complex causes of male infertility. Treatments for male factor infertility depend on at least significant factors.
- Can we identify the cause of infertility?
- What is the severity of the sperm defect?
- What is the age of the female partner?
Getting treatment after male fertility testing
For mild male factor, unexplained cause, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is usually the first-line recommendation. A doctor places concentrated sperm directly into the uterine cavity, thus eliminating their passage through the vagina and cervix.
Recent data suggests that the pregnancy success rates following IUI in cases of mild male factor or unexplained infertility are approximately 5% per insemination cycle. This rate can increase to about 9% per cycle if the female partner takes injectable fertility medications such as Gonal-F.
It is essential to note that the average age of the female patients in the research study was 32.4 years of age. Rates for success would likely decrease as the age of the female partner increases. Additionally, most authorities consider (IUI) to be ineffective in cases of severe male infertility.