Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse. Seeing a Male Fertility expert in London can be the first step to discovering the cause of this.
According to NHS figures, Around 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving. About 84% of couples will conceive naturally within a year if they have regular unprotected sex. For couples who have been trying to conceive for more than 3 years without success, the likelihood of getting pregnant naturally within the next year is 1 in 4 or less.
Approximately 15% of couples attempting their first pregnancy meet with failure. In about 50% of couples seeking treatment, infertility will be caused by a problem in the male. It is therefore important that both partners are seen and investigated together. There have been great technological advances in the development and success of assisted conception. As a result, many couples with infertility can now be offered treatment.
Causes, diagnosis and treatment for infertility
There are a number of causes of male infertility so discussing your symptoms could help understand your situation further. These include erectile dysfunction, hormonal problems, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, previous surgeries on the testis, drugs and medications. It is important to be aware that in some cases a cause may not be found.
To diagnose the issue, your consultant will first take your medical history and conduct a careful physical examination. The most useful tool in testing for male infertility is semen analysis. In addition, a blood test will usually be carried out so your consultant has a full understanding, enabling diagnosis. A clear picture will also be useful in determining the best treatment, because some may be more appropriate than others.
Infertility treatment options for each patient will vary according to the results of tests undertaken. Almost all causes of male infertility can be treated, with reasonable chances of pregnancy. This is provided the woman’s age and fertility are not a problem so this may need examining as well.
Treatments provided by a male fertility expert in London may include drug therapy for the man. Intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with or without sperm microinjection into the egg (ICSI) or artificial insemination by donor (DI) are other options.
More information on causes, diagnosis and treatment of infertility can be found here.
Make an appointment with a male fertility expert in London
A world leader in the field of men’s health and male fertility, Professor Minhas welcomes you to his clinic so you can discuss your concerns or symptoms. He has a specialised interest in complex male fertility problems. He also offers advanced investigation and treatment of men with sperm DNA damage and azoospermia or no sperm.