Studies show that 20% of couples experience fertility challenges.
Around 30 per cent of fertility challenges in couples originate in women.
Another 30 per cent originate in the man and 30 per cent is found in both partners. No cause is found in around one in 10 couples investigated for infertility. This is called ‘unexplained’ infertility.
Causes of male infertility
Sperm causing infertility in men
Male chromosome may be missing in some men who have sperm challenges. Sperm challenges may cause:
Ejaculation challenges – premature ejaculation
Diagnosis of male infertility
Prevention of male
To help improve your fertility, avoid:
Treatment for male
No treatments can improve the quality of a man’s sperm. However, various techniques can increase the odds of conception using the existing sperm quality.
Many men have sufficient sperm to fertilise their partner’s eggs in a test tube, even if they are unable to do so during sexual intercourse.
The reproductive technologies available to infertile men include:
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) for male infertility
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is conception outside of the human body. Sperm is collected from the man and is placed in a special incubator The woman undergoes ovulation induction and eggs are collected. This is done through the vagina under ultrasound control.
The collected eggs are mixed with the sperm and they are placed in a special incubator. The fertilized eggs develop into embryos, which are then implanted into the woman’s uterus through a thin tube inserted through the cervix, again under ultrasound guidance.
Where to get help
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