Five facts about infertility in men, with Dr. Chow

Posted on January 4, 2017

Many people are surprised to learn that men, as well as women, have a high chance of infertility.
Infertility is defined as an inability to conceive after having regular unprotected sex for over a year. It also refers to once being fertile but now unable to conceive, which is referred to as secondary infertility. Testing reveals that in a given case the issue can be 50% female, 30% male, and 20% both parties.

Evaluating infertility in men starts with obtaining a detailed medical history from the patient. It’s important to find out if there has been any trauma to the genital area, a history of pelvic surgery, or systemic health conditions like diabetes mellitus, possible exposure to gonadotoxins, and whether or not the patient has fathered any children.

Dr. Victor Chow performs a physical evaluation to find out if there are any obvious complications such the absence of the vas deferens or varicoceles. It’s important to send patients for at least two semen analyses to determine whether or not any further evaluation is needed, like hormone testing or genetic testing to determine the cause of infertility. Genetic testing is done if men have no sperm in their ejaculate, or if they have significantly low sperm counts.

Dr. Chow discussed important factors in male fertility and five facts about infertility in men that you might not expect.

25% of infertility in men is idiopathic

Infertility can be a disheartening experience. If infertility is something that is troubling you, please reach out to us at PCRM so we can help you through this process and provide you with support as we take on this challenge together.

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