What Causes Male Infertility? – 10 Things You Should Know

On your path through fertility care, it’s easy to forget that men are half the equation–50% of infertility cases are male factors. This is unfortunate because testing for male infertility is a simple, low cost, and non-invasive procedure. More importantly, most causes can be successfully treated. 

To eliminate the stress and time of the research process, we created an easy to understand 10 step explainer about male infertility causes and treatment options for couples trying to get pregnant. 

 

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What is Epigenetics? – An illustrated guide

We know that half of our DNA comes from Mom and half from Dad, and that this genetic code contains the “recipe” for who we are destined to become. But haven’t you ever wondered how your “recipe” knows what to do at exactly the right times? Behind every great recipe there is a cook in the kitchen who works hard to recreate this masterpiece.

Say ‘hello’ to epigenetics, the “cook” in our kitchen that helps the body read and recreate our genetic recipe.

Epigenetics is an important field in genetics that has been drawing significant attention from the scientific community because of increasing evidence that it can influence health, cancer, fertility, and even our children.  This post is an illustrated explainer guide on epigenetics and discusses how our interaction with the environment affects our health and potentially the health of our offspring– take a moment for a meet and greet with the chef who helps bring your genetic recipe to life!

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What is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a medical procedure designed to help those diagnosed with infertility have a baby. It is one of the simplest and least expensive methods of treating infertility. The procedure involves inserting sperm directly into a woman’s uterus around the time of ovulation (egg release). This improves the chances that more sperm will be able to reach the egg.

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What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a type of assisted reproductive technology used to help achieve pregnancy. In vitro literally means “in glass” and fertilization is the joining of sperm and egg cells. Normally, fertilization takes place inside a woman’s body. During IVF, sperm and egg cells are combined in a laboratory dish and fertilization takes place outside the body. The resulting embryo(s) may then be transferred back to a woman’s uterus to develop into a baby.

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What is a Semen Analysis?

Since infertility affects women and men at an equal rate, it’s important for doctors to evaluate the fertility of men as well as women. One test doctors commonly use to evaluate a man’s fertility is the semen analysis.

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How Common is Infertility?

For many young couples (under the age of 30) who are physically healthy, conception occurs within a few months of sexual intercourse. Age plays a big role in fertility and after 30 a woman’s reproductive ability drops each year. About 15% of couples are unable to conceive after 1 year of trying, and 10% of couples still can’t get pregnant after 2 years of trying.

Infertility is typically defined as the inability to get pregnant after one year of unprotected intercourse.

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What is Unexplained Infertility? And How Do You Treat It?

A couple is given the diagnosis of unexplained infertility when they suffer from infertility but the diagnostic workup fails to find any reasonable cause of the condition. Unexplained infertility is essentially a negative diagnosis; in other words, the clinical team knows there is a problem but the cause remains unknown.

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What is ICSI?

ICSI Treatment

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, is an infertility treatment that involves the injection of a single, good-quality sperm into a mature egg, which is then placed into a woman’s uterus. ICSI is a specialized form of conventional IVF (in vitro fertilization).

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