Male infertility is a common problem for many couples
When many people think about fertility issues, they often think that it’s a woman’s problem. However, out of the millions of couples who are facing infertility, approximately 40% of them are having trouble conceiving due to male infertility.
Susan Hudson MD, our New Braunfels fertility doctor understands how confusing and distressing it can be to receive this diagnosis, but there is hope. Our team offers leading-edge fertility treatments and compassionate support to help patients become parents.
The first step is diagnosing male infertility
Dr. Hudson knows that having a healthy baby is your top priority, so she is committed to providing an accurate diagnosis that identifies any roadblocks that may stand between you and your goal.
Our New Braunfels fertility doctor begins the diagnostic process by taking a complete family and medical history, as well as exploring any lifestyle factors that could contribute to male infertility. The next step is ordering a semen analysis, which assesses several characteristics of a man’s sperm.
- Concentration, which is the number of sperm per volume of semen
- Morphology, which is the percentage of sperm with a normal shape
- Motility, which is the percentage of sperm that are alive and moving
The results of male infertility testing will determine the next steps. In some cases, Dr. Hudson may refer a man to an experienced urologist in the New Braunfels area. Such a physician can diagnose and treat many causes of male infertility, such as obstructions, varicoceles, erectile dysfunction and complications from diabetes. In other cases, our New Braunfels fertility doctor will provide fertility treatments at Texas Fertility Center.
Dr. Hudson offers several treatments for male infertility
Depending on your diagnosis and your family-building goals, our New Braunfels fertility doctor may recommend one of the following treatments for male infertility, including intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection, ICSI.
- IUI involves inserting washed and prepared sperm into your partner’s uterus using a catheter.
- IVF with ICSI is more advanced. Instead of placing the eggs and sperm in a petri dish in our IVF laboratory, one of our experienced embryologists injects a single sperm into each egg to promote fertilization.
In cases of severe male infertility, Dr. Hudson may recommend donor sperm. This sperm comes from a healthy man under the age of 40 who has been fully screened, which can help improve the odds of conceiving.
Dr. Hudson and our entire team are here to guide you on your fertility journey. We realize that dealing with infertility isn’t easy, so we support both your emotional and physical wellness as you travel the path to parenthood. Contact us to learn more and get started on your journey today.