When a couple under the age of 35 cannot conceive after having regular, unprotected sexual intercourse for one year, there is a 30 percent chance it could be due to male-factor infertility. Why is this important? Even if a man’s sperm count has been analyzed and determined to be normal – it may not be optimal. Bottom Line: It is advisable for men to seek out fertility boosting treatment in conjunction with their female partner’s fertility plan.
A computer assisted semen analysis is a simple – yet sophisticated – diagnostic test used to judge a man’s sperm quality and quantity.
Studies have shown that over the past 50 to 60 years, average sperm counts have diminished significantly. The average sperm concentration in a milliliter of ejaculate has been cut in half since the 1940s. Men with normal sperm counts may be contributing a couple’s struggle to get pregnant naturally.
A man’s sperm quality matters a lot – even if his lab results fall within a normal range.
Contrary to perpetuated myths, a man’s fertility does actually decline with age. It is advisable to freeze young, healthy sperm to preserve a man’s future ability to have children. Also, aging sperm is a risk factor in fathering children born with chromosomal abnormalities, such as Trisomy 21 or Down’s Syndrome. Studies show that pregnancy rates decline and miscarriage rates increase when a man is over 40 – even if his female partner is under 35.
Recent studies show that Male fertility acupuncture will:
Acupuncture may also help to correct immune factors – such as anti-sperm antibodies – that may be interfering with conception. To optimize sperm quality through acupuncture, a minimum of three to four months of treatment is necessary.
Treatment for Male-Factor Infertility
When a diagnosis of male-factor infertility has been made, there are two very effective treatments recommended.
The most effective treatment for male factor infertility is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using the intricate fertilization procedure known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). ICSI is an enhanced fertilization method that can be implemented using either the known male partner’s sperm or donor sperm.
The fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC have compiled a brief synopsis of how ICSI in conjunction with IVF could help to increase your chances of pregnancy success.
ICSI is used during IVF to individually fertilize each egg for optimal results. ICSI is used to maximize the rate of fertilization and lessen the chances of the sperm not being able to penetrate the wall of the egg.
If you and your partner have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, contact the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center. It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility. Then, we can design a customized treatment plan meeting your specific medical, personal, and financial needs.
To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang call 917.525.5496.