Do you have an idea that infertility treatment is something that women do? In fact, the cause of infertility can be on the male side as well. Through infertility testing, the cause of male infertility can be pinpointed, and treatment and appropriate measures can be taken.
In this article, we will explain how men should take the infertility test.
Sperm problems in most male infertility cases?
If you can’t pregnant soon or when you want to have a baby, you are the one who only takes infertility treatment. However, there’s the cause of male side as well.
Among the causes of male infertility, sperm problems are said to account for as much as 90% of the cases. That’s why it’s important to keep the sperm healthy on a regular basis. It is important to refrain from smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and to maintain good lifestyle habits such as eating and sleeping.
The reality is that many men don’t even imagine that they are the cause of the infertility because they don’t have any symptoms.
However, surveys have shown that “half of all infertility cases are caused by the male,” and about 30% of those who actually come to the clinic tend to be caused by the male side. This is why men should take the test as well as women to have tests when trying to get pregnant.
You may think that it’s a little bit hard to speak up with your partner and ask him to take the test, however, it’s important to talk together about your future and pregnancy.
What are the basic tests for male infertility?
When testing for male infertility, the following three basic tests are performed first to check the status of the sperm.
The semen test involves taking sperm and checking the number of sperm in them and how they are doing. The test can be performed at home using a simple kit, but it is not as accurate as it should be because it is a simple test. To find out the exact cause, it is recommended that you/your partner visit a hospital for an examination.
A semen test can confirm the following…
- Is there a problem with sperm count…azoospermia, oligospermia, etc.
- Is there a problem with sperm motility…sperm asthenia, etc.
- Sperm deformity rate
It can also lead to the detection of diseases that can cause male infertility, such as “pyospermia,” in which white blood cells are mixed in with semen.
A semen test is only required once if it is normal, but if there are any abnormalities, it will be done about three times. The condition of the semen depends on your health at the time, so it’s best to have an examination until the cause is determined.
There are two ways to examine the testes: palpation and ultrasound. Palpation is used to check for abnormalities in the testes and sperm passage from the top of the abdomen, and ultrasound is used to check for abnormalities inside the testes and blood vessels.
One of the diseases identified by this test is “varicose veins”. This is the most common symptom among male for infertility and is seen in about 40% of them. In this disease, the quantity, quality and exercise of sperm as well as the secretion of male hormones are reduced.
It is a disease that greatly affects infertility, but it can be cured by an operation that takes only 30 minutes, and it has been reported that 50 to 70% of patients improve their semen status after the operation.
By drawing blood, you can know about the amount of male hormones needed to make sperm and the “susceptible infections” that help prevent sperm abnormalities.
In addition, since you can know more about sperm motility, you can use this information in future treatments. If the basic test shows an extremely low sperm count, a “chromosome test” to check for chromosomal abnormalities and a “testicular biopsy” to test the function of the testes are necessary.
Share the test results with your doctor and discuss your next move with him or her.
Early treatment is the key! Dare to take the test.
The cause of male infertility can be determined through testing. When it comes to infertility treatment, the fact that you are not a woman is not a reason not to get tested. The cause of infertility is as much in men as it is in women. Even if an abnormality is found, early treatment is effective in reducing treatment for women, so it is recommended to get tested as soon as possible.