When there are problems trying to conceive, too often we assume that it must be the woman's fault. Far more women than men seek out treatments for infertility: 11.9%, or some 7.4 million women, compared to just 7.5% of men under 45, or somewhere between 3.3 to 4.7 million.
As a matter of fact, one-third of all infertility cases can be attributed to the male partner, one-third to the female partner, and the remaining third to some trouble between both or other unexplained causes.
Fertility centers are fully equipped to help both partners work to achieve their pregnancy goals. Here are just a few of the services geared towards men's reproductive health that may aid with infertility treatments.
- Fertility Evaluation
Before anything else, men should be tested for fertility by providing a semen sample for fertility experts to analyze. This is also important because low sperm counts may be a sign of other, larger health issues.
- Fertility Preservation
Many fertility centers offer preservation of male reproductive material for cases when future fertility may be at risk due to conditions like Hodgkin disease or cancer.
- Non-Surgical Procedures
Simply learning about the woman's ovulation cycle can aid in fertility, as can certain male hormonal treatments.
- Surgical Male Fertility Treatment
In some situations, fertility centers can provide surgical procedures to aid in fertility where other methods fail. These may include a vasectomy reversal, vericocele repair, or intrauterine insemination.
When it comes to your relationship with your partner, it's best to seek balance and fairness. Those same principles apply to fertility treatments, too. Make sure to cover all of your bases by consulting with experts at fertility centers, who will address both the woman's and man's potential barriers to fertility.
Early detection of fertility problems in males may not only solve your problems but save you from any unnecessarily expensive or lengthy female treatment options. Every man should have a fertility evaluation, regardless of his immediate pregnancy prospects.