What is Male Infertility and what should you know about it?
Infertility is a condition and not a disease. A couple is said to be Infertile if they fail to conceive even after having unprotected sexual intercourse continuously for one year. Couples who fail to conceive after a year should see the doctor for some kind of intervention. It is a fact that male and female have an equal contribution in a couple’s infertility and both should undergo testing before starting treatment.
Is Your Sperm Fertile? Are You Concerned?
Increasing environmental pollution, altered lifestyle habits & with enormous stress are you sure your sperm is fertile enough? Added to this you will find articles everywhere with varying conclusions which confuse you further. This brouchure justifies the need for a basic semen testing and also highlights the recent advancements in diagnosing infertility in men.
Why should I see a doctor? It is my wife who is not conceiving, hence she should be tested!!!!
Well, this is a common myth among everyone. It is a fact that male and female have an equal contribution in a couple’s infertility and both should undergo testing before starting treatment.
We are trying for a baby since last 6 months with no luck? Am I Infertile? When should I see the doctor?
Remember it takes on average a year or more for a woman to conceive so not getting pregnant straight away is normal. A couple is said to be Infertile if they fail to conceive even after having unprotected sexual intercourse continuously for one year. Couples who fail to conceive after a year should see the doctor for some kind of intervention.
How do I know if my semen sample is good enough to father a child?
Along with semen analysis there are certain specialized functional tests like sperm vitality, Hypo-osmotic swelling (HOS) test, Acrosome Intactness Index (AI), Nuclear chromatin decondensation test (NCD), sperm DNA fragmentation Index (DFI), Reactive oxygen species (ROS) assessment in semen help us to predict the fertilizing ability of sperm.
My semen analysis reports and my partner’s reports are normal, but we are still not conceiving? Is test tube baby procedure the only resort?
As discussed above semen analysis alone is not helpful in diagnosing a couple with infertility. Semen analysis along with the sperm functional tests will give us a better understanding of the sperms fertilizing ability and this helps the clinician to select a suitable modality of treatment. Recent research has proven that DNA fragmentation Index (DFI) & Reactive oxygen species assessment (ROS) have got a significant prognostic role in management of male infertility. Test tube baby procedure or IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) is always used as a last resort and is never the first choice to be considered.