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Treating Male Infertility

Treating Male Infertility

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Depending on the cause of the infertility, your doctor may recommend medication, surgery or both. If neither approach is effective, you may want to consider assisted reproductive techniques (ART).

Surgery
Medication
Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART)

Surgery
If your doctor diagnoses varicoceles (dilated scrotal veins) as the cause of the infertility, he or she may recommend a minor outpatient surgery called a varicocelectomy to repair the veins. In some cases, obstruction can also be corrected through surgery.

Medication
Some medications have shown to be effective in correcting retrograde ejaculation, immunologic infertility and low testosterone production.

Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART)
If surgery or medication does not resolve male infertility, other techniques can promote conception without intercourse, such as include:

  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): The physician places sperm directly into the woman’s uterus via a catheter, bypassing cervical mucus that may be hostile to sperm. This also places the sperm close to the fallopian tubes, where fertilization is more likely to occur. IUI has shown to be successful in overcoming sperm count and movement problems, retrograde ejaculation and immunologic infertility.
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): With this technique, fertilization takes place outside the woman’s body—usually in a laboratory Petri dish, where the egg is joined with the sperm. After 48–72 hours of incubation, the fertilized egg (embryo) is placed in the woman’s uterus and a normal pregnancy should result.
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI): A single sperm is injected directly into an egg using a microscopic needle. Once the egg is fertilized, it is placed in the woman’s uterus and a normal pregnancy should result.

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