Male Infertility

Male infertility is the male's inability to cause pregnancy in a fertile female. In over a third of infertility cases, the problem is with the male. The production of sperm is a complex process that requires intricate interactions between your hormones and sperm producing cells in the testicles. The sperm delivery from the testicle to the end of the penis (and ultimately into the vagina) requires an intact tubular transport system that includes the epididymis, vas deferens, ejaculatory ducts, prostate, and urethra. This system only works when the genes, hormones, anatomy, and environmental conditions are right. A number of conditions can impact this system and lead to male infertility:

  • Disorder of sperm production

  • Varicocele

  • Retrograde ejaculation

  • Immunologic infertility

  • Obstruction

  • Hormones

  • Chromosomes

  • Medications

The physicians at Athens Area Urology will conduct a thorough evaluation to try and identify a correctable cause of male infertility. This will include a semen analysis and hormone profiling. Treatment depends on the cause of the infertility.

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