National Infertility Awareness Week is coming up April 24 – 30 and here’s what you should know about male factor infertility. Learn more about what it is, what the signs are and what can be done about it with Dr. Celia Dominguez, reproductive endocrinologist and OBGYN at The Queen’s Medical Center, in this segment of Ask a Specialist.
She begins by defining male infertility as:
- Inability of a male to get a female pregnant
- Accounts for 50% of infertility
- Affects 7% of men
- Evaluated by looking at sperm count, quantity, movement and appearance
There are commonly no signs of male infertility, but it can happen if men are exposed to high temperature, toxins, or excess testosterone. Doctors will declare the male possibly infertile it if a couple has been unsuccessful at getting pregnant for one year.
Treatment options include:
- Correcting reversible factors
- Evaluating for other health concerns
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Donor sperm
To learn more about male factor infertility, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Celia Dominguez at (808) 946-2221.