Male infertility, though not talked about as much as female infertility, is a problem that many couples are faced with. As the number of males with fertility issues grows, so do the treatment options for it. In this article we will cover the various treatment options available for those dealing with male infertility.
The type of treatment will depend on the cause of infertility which can include structural problems, low sperm count, and various medical conditions. The following are some of the most popular ways to deal with this problem.
Fertility drugs may be an option for men who have a low sperm count or sperm mobility issues. Gonadotropins can be helpful in treating low sperm count and/or motility. Low testosterone levels can be treated with testosterone therapy. And, some of the same fertility drugs commonly prescribed to women with fertility issues, such as Clomid, can also be used in men whose testosterone levels are low because of excess prolactin.
There are several surgery options available to treat male infertility depending on the cause. It’s worth mentioning that surgery is often recommended only once all other options have been exhausted or if the cause of infertility is one that can only be treated surgically. Conditions such as varicoceles, hydroceles, ejaculatory duct obstruction and even blockages in the reproductive organs caused by sexually transmitted diseases can all be treated surgically. If infertility is the result of a vasectomy, then a vasectomy reversal surgery can be performed.
Though not the most pleasant-sounding of the available treatments; Electro-ejaculation (also known as rectal Electro-ejaculation, can be a good option for a man who is unable to ejaculate due to neurological or other issues who wants to have a biological child with his partner through IVF (Invitro Fertilization), ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection), or IUI (Intrauterine Insemination).
During this procedure, a probe is placed in the rectum and mild electrical currents given in intervals are able to cause a man to ejaculate so that a sample can be collected and used for insemination.
There are herbal supplements available that are known to increase male fertility and help treat issues such as a low sperm count and sexual dysfunction. Some of these herbs include Astralagus, Korean Ginseng, Damiana, and Gingko. Vitamin E and various other antioxidants have also been shown to improve male fertility. As well, lifestyle changes are often suggested before any of the other options if the cause of the infertility is unknown or appears to be the result of a poor lifestyle. Changes in diet, weight loss, quitting smoking and alcohol can often improve a man’s fertility by improving his overall health.
The best treatment option for you will depend on the cause of your infertility. As mentioned, surgery is generally seen as a last resort unless your condition can only be treated surgically. For men dealing with unexplained infertility, surgery is rarely an option.