Understanding male fertility is crucial for planning your future, identifying potential underlying conditions, and regaining control over your reproductive health.
Half the fertility equation
While we concentrate more on women, it's important to recognize that male factors contributes to one in three cases where couples face difficulty in conceiving. If this is the situation, there are various lifestyle adjustments that could potentially improve male fertility.
A holistic evaluation of your fertility
Our experienced team of consultants use the most recent diagnostic tools to provide a holistic evaluation of your fertility, so you can feel empowered and informed about your future.
We offer a range of treatments to maximise your chances of conceiving your own biological child.
Our expert team will analyse your sperm and make recommendations, if necessary, for further treatment or considerations.
What is male infertility?
Male infertility can be a result of physical, hormonal, genetic, or immunologic problems, a chronic illness or a sexual condition preventing semen from being deposited in the vagina.
Most of these issues can result in no direct symptoms, and many couples try for years before seeing a fertility specialist, making male infertility sometimes the last diagnosis for a couple trying to conceive.
Causes of male infertility
Unlike female infertility, usually there aren’t many signs of infertility in men, which means very often men can experience issues with their fertility without even knowing.
Male infertility causes are usually related to the quality or quantity of sperm in the semen. It may be that:
- Sperm may not be sufficiently motile (how they swim)
- Sperm may be the wrong shape (morphology)
- There may not be enough sperm in semen (low sperm count)
- There is no sperm in semen – a condition called azoospermia
When trying to understand male infertility, usually it comes down to either medical, lifestyle or environmental factors, so there a few different avenues you can explore.
Medical causes include
- Testicular damage
- Ejaculation disorders
- Chromosomal or genetic causes
- Undescended testes
- Hormonal problems
- Sperm antibodies
Diagnosing infertility in men
As there are a number of factors that can impact male fertility, the best way to identify which of these you may be experiencing is to have a full male fertility test.
At SS fertility centre we offer a full consultation and analysis to discuss your situation and options, to maximise your chances of conceiving your own biological child, including:
- Blood and urine tests
- Genetic testing
- Sperm analysis, retrieval and freezing
How can we help you with male infertility
What makes us unique is that we consider male fertility right at the start of every patient’s journey. Our mission is to identify the reason for a couple’s difficulties in conceiving, so we have designed our centres and your journey considering both male and female patients.
We offer a range of treatments to maximise your chances of conceiving your own biological child. Our expert team will analyse your sperm and make recommendations, if necessary, for further treatment or considerations.
If you have any concerns or are experiencing male infertility and would like to arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us to see how we can help.
Treating Male Infertility
We believe that one size doesn’t fit all, so the first step of your journey is to meet with one of our consultants.
We don’t want you to have extensive unnecessary tests or treatment, so if you have your previous medical notes or test results , we’re happy to use these providing they are within the required time frame.
We will suggest the best plan for you, you’ll be recommended alternative solutions that other fertility clinics perhaps haven’t considered.
We will discuss all treatment options available for you during your Initial Consultation. Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, medication, IUI, IVF or ICSI.
How to Increase Fertility in Men
Here are some changes that might help enhance fertility:
Consuming a balanced diet rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals can positively impact fertility. Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
Engaging in moderate exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and promotes good circulation, which can contribute to better reproductive health.
Chronic stress can affect hormone levels and sperm production. Practicing stress-reduction techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing can be beneficial
Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking have been linked to reduced sperm quality and quantity. Cutting back or quitting altogether can improve fertility potential.
Drinking adequate water supports overall health, including reproductive function.
Both obesity and being underweight can negatively impact fertility. Aim for a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Prioritize sleep, as inadequate rest can disrupt hormonal balance and sperm production.
Minimize exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides, heavy metals, and certain chemicals, which can harm sperm quality.
Prolonged exposure to high temperatures, like using hot tubs frequently or wearing tight underwear, can affect sperm production. Opt for loose-fitting clothing and avoid extreme heat.
Some studies suggest that prolonged exposure to cell phone radiation might have a negative impact on sperm quality. It's advisable to keep phones out of pockets and use hands-free options.
Practicing good genital hygiene helps prevent infections that could impact fertility.
Certain medications can influence fertility. If you're taking any prescription drugs, consult your doctor to understand their potential effects.
Some supplements, like antioxidants (e.g., vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium), may support sperm health. The use of zinc, fish oil and selenium has also shown to be beneficial. Anti-oxidants have been shown to reduce sperm DNA fragmentation.
Frequent sexual activity helps maintain sperm quality and motility. However, avoid excessive ejaculation, as it could lead to lower sperm counts.
IUI in male fertility
IUI is a simple and effective treatment for males with low sperm count and low motility. It double the chances of achieving a successful pregnancy.
IVF for male infertility
IVF stands for in-vitro fertilisation, it is a very successful procedure that can help with many causes of infertility including, male infertility.
The IVF procedure involves fertilising eggs with sperm outside of the body to create embryos, these are then implanted back into the womb.
ICSI for male infertility
ICSI a highly effective method of IVF that is another specialised treatment to improve your chances of conceiving a biological child.
All you need is one sperm, which is injected directly into the egg, and is a very successful procedure.
Whatever your situation, our expertly trained specialists are here to support you along the way.
Begin your fertility treatment journey with the support of our caring nurse inquiry team. As the best fertility hospital in Chennai, the SS Fertility Center is here to provide you with free and insightful guidance, regardless of where you are in the process. We'll help you make informed decisions and take the next steps toward your desired procedure.Book an appointment