Understanding Male Infertility
Any man naturally trying to conceive without success over 12 months can be infertile. Close to 10% of men trying to conceive get checked for infertility. Male infertility can stem from low sperm count, poor mobility, or poor morphology. The causes can be hormonal, physical and even environmental.
Why male infertility happens
Reproductive health is always a moving target. There are many conditions that impact male infertility. For instance, hormones like low testosterone and progesterone reduce sperm count and quality. Physical conditions include varicocele, infections or retrograde ejaculation. Environmental changes like high heat, and chemical exposure damages sperm. Even poor diet, drug, and alcohol consumption create male factor infertility. If any of these issues cause infertility, IVF and ICSI is a viable option for men.
IVF helps couples with male and female infertility. The process extracts both eggs and sperm. Then clinics treat and re-implant both in the woman’s uterus. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) takes IVF a step further. Clinics can take the best sperm and inject just one into an egg for fertilization. The process remains the same. But the extra step could really even the odds for men with serious reproductive issues.
Success rates compared to traditional IVF
For IVF, success rates can vary. Some studies show IVF success rates at 30%-40% for couples under 35. IVF still need sperm to fertilize the egg without added help. By injecting the sperm directly, clinics have seen fertility rates with ICSI double. The rate has led clinics to use the method frequently, more than doubling in use over the last 20 years. Even so, success is not guaranteed. But the odds lean much better than traditional IVF.
ICSI can help even the odds
Infertility brings emotional pain and confusion for men and women trying to get pregnant. Methods like IVF and ICSI bring hope and increased chances of pregnancy. ICSI is a delicate technique done by highly skilled lab technicians. So the key is finding a quality clinic with massive success with past patients. Speak with a doctor or clinic for an assessment to see if ICSI is the right step.