Fast-forward to Fatherhood at our Infertility Clinic
When you or your partner experience male infertility, you want answers and prompt results. Success-driven reproductive endocrinologists direct our infertility clinic, providing comprehensive male fertility exams. If you are concerned about male infertility, or suffer from erectile dysfunction, our infertility clinic can find a solution.
Identifying the causes of male infertility will involve semen analysis as well as a physical exam. The information we glean from semen analysis reports can pinpoint the exact cause of male infertility, whether that is poor sperm motility or a very low sperm count. Tulsa Infertility Center is one of the few in the Bentonville and Joplin areas that offers complete care for male infertility, with access to in-house andrology laboratory services, directed by J. Kevin Thibodeaux, Ph.D.
A Three-Tiered Approach to Male Infertility Treatment
Your health history may raise red flags that will direct the diagnostic process. For instance, enlarged veins in the scrotal area (varicocele) may contribute to low sperm production and male infertility. Drs. Stanley G. Prough or Shauna McKinney will also ask about lifestyle and habits that interfere with your ability to conceive.
- Do you habitually smoke cigarettes?
- Does your workplace expose you to toxic chemicals or elevated temperatures?
- Are you a long distance runner or cycler?
- Have you been treated for Low T?
- Does your BMI fall above or below the normal range?
Most infertility clinics encounter men and women that recognize the benefits of protecting their health and wellness. However, many seemingly innocuous habits, like regular visits to the steam room, have proven to directly contribute to male infertility. The good news is that simple lifestyle changes can often make a tremendous difference in your fertility potential.
More About Low T
Levels of the sex hormone testosterone diminish by about 1 percent a year after age 30. In most cases, the gradual decline does not lead to symptoms, or diminished fertility. Some men find that the troublesome symptoms of fatigue, and a reduced sex drive warrant testosterone replacement treatment. Ironically, the “Low T” treatments on the market can actually contribute to a low sperm count.
Our infertility clinic recommends that men actively trying to achieve pregnancy should avoid using Low T patches, gels or injections.
What Semen Analysis Can Reveal about Male Infertility
Our infertility center coordinates the semen analysis process, from collection point to results reports. Our male fertility specialists will study the results, paying close attention to the following hallmarks of male factor infertility:
- Low Sperm Count
- Poor Sperm Motility (mobility)
- Abnormal Sperm Morphology
Moving On: Recommendations for Next Steps
Now that the results of your physical exam, semen analysis and health history have painted a complete picture, Dr. McKinney or Dr. Prough will either recommend moving forward with treatment options such as intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization, or suggest sperm harvesting or epididymal aspiration.
Tulsa Fertility Center has a long history of providing innovative, successful male infertility treatments for patients here in Tulsa, along with the Joplin and Bentonville areas. Contact our infertility center and the team that has helped bring hundreds of babies into the world since 1988.