Nashville Fertility

Causes of Male Infertility

Our Nashville and Murfreesboro fertility specialists have encouraging news for those who wish to become pregnant but are experiencing delays due the causes of male infertility.

Our Nashville and Murfreesboro fertility specialists have encouraging news for those who wish to become pregnant but are experiencing delays due to male factors.
Targeted treatments and minimally invasive therapies help us mitigate the causes of male infertility. In fact, one of the most significant breakthroughs in reproductive medicine, ICSI, removes the barriers to a family in even the most difficult cases.

Here in our Nashville and Murfreesboro fertility centers, you will find an accomplished IVF lab team and highly skilled andrologists and geneticists who empower your journey to fatherhood. Our fertility specialists see couples – and single men seeking third-party reproduction – for consultations.

A health history interview, semen analysis and antisperm antibody test provides vital information about potential roadblocks, from low testosterone and anatomic causes to sperm disorders. Most times, the primary causes of male infertility fall into four categories.

Common causes of male infertility

The tests that we order will focus on the testes’ ability to produce and deliver sperm to the female reproductive tract, and the sperm’s ability to travel to the fallopian tube to fertilize an egg. Your Nashville or Murfreesboro fertility specialist will review your results and explain the treatment options for a single cause or, in many cases, a combination of female and male factors.

Hindered sperm production or low quality sperm

Semen analysis identifies many attributes that help sperm function productively. Previous pelvic surgeries and injuries, cancer treatment and, sometimes, a varicocele will hinder or stop sperm production. These issues can make conception difficult, if not impossible, without medical intervention. It’s important to complete a thorough medical and family history interview to uncover potential causes of male infertility.

Hormonal imbalances

You may be surprised to learn that hormones play a significant role in male reproduction. Men produce follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) to regulate healthy sperm and testosterone production. Among the causes of male infertility, this is one of the most straightforward to treat with oral medications such as Clomid.

Lifestyle and environmental issues

Smoking cigarettes, alcohol abuse, anabolic steroids, illicit drug use, having a very low or high BMI and environmental exposure to toxins can each take a negative toll on a man’s reproductive potential.

Problems with sperm delivery and obstructions

Some men are aware of potential problems even before they start trying to have a family. Having cystic fibrosis, a history of undescended testicles or a previous vasectomy, for instance, will present some obvious challenges. Sometimes, though, anatomic issues are less obvious.

When semen analysis confirms azoospermia or a diminished quantity of sperm, our physicians will refer you to a reproductive urologist for a physical exam and consultation. It’s important to know that even with issues that prevent sperm from exiting the urethra, today’s skilled microsurgeons can locate, retrieve and cryopreserve your genetic material.

The good news is that intervention and treatment oftentimes involve making minor modifications to medications, adding endocrine therapy, adjusting lifestyle habits or scheduling the front-line treatment of intrauterine insemination, IUI. Contact the Nashville and Murfreesboro fertility center teams to get started today.

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