Getting Started with Male Infertility Treatment
By the time a man reaches the fertility treatment stage with Dr. Dan French, you have learned the cause for your infertility, and it’s time to take positive steps toward resolving the issue. If you came to our urology office for microsurgical vasectomy reversal, or are diagnosed a varicocele, we’ll move quickly to reverse the problem.
A normal semen analysis, physical exam and hormone assessment will shift attention to finding potential female causes.
When a couple has trouble conceiving:
- Male factors or a combination of male/female factors contribute in approximately 40 – 50 percent of cases
- Isolated female factors account for the remainder of cases
For the most part, male infertility treatment options are minimally invasive. Infections can be resolved, medications adjusted, and hormonal imbalances corrected. Even surgical therapy is often microsurgical in nature.
Oral Medications Effectively Treat Hormonal Causes of Male Infertility
The control center of the male reproductive system resides in the brain specifically the pituitary gland under the hypothalamus. If hormone tests point to imbalances, we will prescribe a fertility drug to stimulate hormonal production. Clomiphene citrate (Clomid) is the most common and proven medication for regulating follicle stimulating hormones and luteinizing hormones. These medications can also increase sperm production and testosterone.
Dr. French will outline possible treatment options with an honest assessment of what success rates are and what he feels is best for his patients. Should you require varicocele repair or vasectomy reversal, Dr. French is highly trained in microsurgical techniques.
Surgical Treatments for Male Infertility
Varicocele repair is one of the most common reasons for a first visit with Dr. French. Microsurgical varicocele repair leads to an increase in sperm production in two thirds of men, and is associated with high pregnancy rates. Other commonly performed minimally invasive treatments for male infertility include:.
- Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal
- Microsurgical Testicular Sperm Extraction (Micro-TESE)
- Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration PESA
You can read more about effective changes you can make in lifestyle and work environment to help boost sperm production and optimize fertility. Dr. French is also an expert in resolving male sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction, and offers more in-depth information on treatment here.