Male Fertility Test in OKC
Helping Couples from Norman, Newcastle, Moore, Mustang, and the Surrounding Areas
Many couples struggle to conceive. Statistically, about 13-15% of all couples will have fertility problems. Infertility can be caused by either partner or even by both of them. If the male partner is the source of these issues, then this is known as a case of male infertility.
Male infertility does not mean that the man is unable to impregnate his female partner, it simply means that he has a decreased likelihood of doing so. But with the help of the board-certified urologists at Water View Park Urology, couples can increase their chances of conceiving.
If you and your partner are struggling to conceive in the Oklahoma City area, the board-certified urologist with Water View Park Urology can help. Our team of urologists have extensive experience helping men who struggle with infertility. Give us a call at (405) 271-7987 to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment through our secure online form. Our office is located in Oklahoma City, just a short drive from Norman, Mustang, Moore, and Newcastle.
What Can Cause Male Infertility?
Conception is a lengthy process that requires a lot of unique events to occur in perfect order at exactly the right time. This leaves room for lots of potential problems along the way.
Problems with the Sperm
Typically, if a man is having fertility issues it can be linked back to how healthy his sperm are. Examples of abnormalities in sperm include:
- Oddly shaped sperm
- Sperm that is produced in small quantities
- Underdeveloped sperm
- Slow sperm or sperm that does not travel in the correct direction
- An inability to produce any sperm at all
There are several possible sources of abnormal or defective sperm. Some medications used to treat common illnesses like high blood pressure, depression, infections, arthritis, digestive diseases, or cancer can alter the sperm’s functionality.
Low hormone levels are another potential cause of male infertility since a lack of crucial male hormones can lead to low sperm count or poor sperm growth.
There have also been cases wherein the antibodies in a man’s body mistakenly attack the sperm. It is not clear as to what causes the antibodies to perceive the sperm as a threat, but immunological infertility is typically seen in those recovering from a surgery, injury, or type of infection.
What If the Sperm are Healthy?
Even with great sperm, some men can still experience problems in conceiving a child such as having a blockage within the reproductive tract that may have been caused by a congenital or acquired defect.
Swollen veins in the scrotum called varicoceles are also thought to hinder a man’s fertility functions. These varicoceles supply the scrotum with excess blood, which overheats the scrotum and kills many of the sperm living inside.
Men who experience retrograde ejaculation are unable to get their sperm to the woman’s egg. Retrograde ejaculation occurs when the sperm is directed back into the man’s bladder, rather than exiting through the urethra. This problem is caused by issues of the nervous system and is characterized by a “dry” ejaculation.
Treatment for Male Infertility in Mustang, OK
To appropriately treat a case of male fertility, our highly trained urologists will first need to diagnose the source of the problem.
This process will typically begin by checking the patient’s sperm to see if it indeed healthy or not. If the exact cause is still unclear after this initial investigation, then further tests will need to be conducted to determine what is preventing the sperm from reaching or properly fertilizing the partner’s egg.
Again, based on the particular source of the man’s fertility issues, recommended treatment will vary. Some male infertility cases will require surgery to treat, while others will not. To discover the best solution for yourself and your partner, you will both need to have a thorough discussion with your urologist.
Schedule an Appointment with Water View Park Urology
If you are having difficulty conceiving and would like to schedule a fertility consultation, contact Water View Park Urology at our office in Oklahoma City by calling (405) 271-7987 or filling out our secure online form. We are just a short drive from Norman, Mustang, Moore, and Newcastle.