Male Fertility

Rockwell uses the latest techniques to diagnose and treat the root cause of male infertility to help you father a child.

What is Male Infertility?

Male infertility is the inability to father a child despite regular unprotected sex with a female partner concluding in ejaculations. The testicles located outside the body have two basic functions — produce testosterone and sperm. During ejaculation, the sperm mix with seminal vesicle fluids to produce semen.

In healthy situations, millions of sperm are constantly produced and released during ejaculation. However, in abnormal situations, the ejaculate fluid doesn’t contain sperms due to blockages in the reproductive tract (obstructive azoospermia) or deficiencies in sperm production (non-obstructive azoospermia), leading to male infertility.

Causes of Male Infertility

  • Vasectomy, a surgical procedure that interrupts the flow of sperms.
  • Infections of the testicles or prostate can cause a blockage of the reproductive tract.
  • Some men are born with blockages or cysts in the prostate that interrupt the flow of sperms.
  • Surgical procedures, such as hernia repair, can block the reproductive tract.
  • Chromosomal problems, such as an extra X-chromosome, can prevent sperm production.
  • Varicose veins around the testicle (varicocele) can lower the sperm count.
  • Hypospermatogenesis is a condition wherein sperm production is lower than normal.
  • Maturation arrest is a condition wherein the sperm don’t complete the maturation phase.
  • Testicular cancer or other forms of tumors can reduce the sperm count.
  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy can cause a temporary reduction in sperm count.
  • Certain prescription medications and steroids can cause sterilization.

Testing Male Infertility

Male infertility can happen due to blockages in the reproductive tract or deficiencies in sperm production. Furthermore, both types of male infertility have various potential causes, as mentioned earlier. As such, male infertility treatments must be preceded by comprehensive evaluations and tests to diagnose the root cause of infertility. We use a wide range of advanced diagnostic techniques to determine the extent of infertility and curate a personalized treatment plan.

Semen analysis allows us to analyze the volume, thickness, pH value, and sperm concentration of the semen. This provides important information about the quality of your sperms. We also perform more complex Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (SCSA) tests to identify the sperm’s health and determine if they’re suitable to conceive. Furthermore, sperm DNA fragmentation analysis helps us identify potential problems in the sperm DNA that may cause infertility.

Treatments for Male Infertility

  • Micro Tese: If you’re suffering from insufficient sperm production, Dr. Zargaroff may extract sperm directly from the testicles. Healthy sperm is harvested, and strategies are developed for fertilization.
  • Varicocele Repair: A varicocele is an enlarged vein in the testicles leading to reduced sperm production. Dr. Zargaroff repairs the varicocele to restore optimal sperm production.
  • Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration: If you’re suffering from obstructive azoospermia, the healthy sperm can be harvested from the epididymis to facilitate in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
  • Sperm Aspiration: This refers to a collection of procedures that harvest viable sperms from the reproductive tract. The healthy sperm is then injected into an egg for insemination.
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Male Infertility FAQs

Does using a hot tub affect my fertility?

Excessive heat in the testicles can reduce sperm production. However, if you avoid heat for several months, your sperm production should return to normal.

Does the tightness of my underwear affect my fertility?

Extra heat in the testicles can reduce sperm production. However, the type of heat generated with tight clothes and underwear doesn’t elevate the scrotal temperature. As such, the tightness of your jeans or underwear doesn’t affect sperm production.

Can masturbation affect my fertility?

Masturbation doesn’t affect your fertility. However, if you and your partner are trying to have a baby, it’s advisable to avoid masturbating during your partner’s fertile period. Masturbation at this period may reduce your sperm reserves, which, in turn, affects your semen quality when you have intercourse.

Do lubricants affect fertility?

Some lubricants can kill sperms and prevent fertilization. However, some women find sex without lubricants uncomfortable. As such, if you must use lubricants, they should be used sparingly.

Schedule an Appointment

Rockwell is a luxurious medical center specializing in male health and sexual wellness. We use the latest diagnostic and evaluation techniques to identify and treat the root causes of your infertility. We also maintain complete discretion and confidentiality. For more information, please schedule an appointment at our medical center in Aventura, FL.