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Male Factor Infertility

For men who are coping with infertility, the good news is that you have many options for treatment to improve fertility. The first step is analysis to look for any problems with sperm quantity, function or motility (how well they move).

Semen Analysis Testing: Why Choose Us

When you come to the Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Center for semen analysis, you can expect:

  • An experienced team of specialists: Our fertility team includes andrologists (doctors who specialize in treating infertility in men) who analyze thousands of sperm samples each year. This high volume gives us extensive expertise in pinpointing specific causes of infertility, which is key to successful treatment.
  • A dedicated andrology lab: Our andrologists use the latest technology to diagnose infertility. Our laboratory is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), ensuring that it meets the highest and most up-to-date standards.
  • Comfortable, private collection rooms: Our offices include three private rooms for sperm collection. Each room has a private bathroom and turnstile window for passing samples to the andrology lab.

Possible Causes for Male Factor Infertility

Male infertility can affect up to 50 percent of couples who have difficulty conceiving. Certain lifestyle factors can affect sperm count and quality, such as:

  • Age
  • Stress
  • Alcohol or tobacco use
  • Certain medications or recreational drugs
  • Declining testosterone levels

Treating Male Factor Infertility

We perform both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help improve your chances of conceiving a child. Some of the treatments and services we offer include:

  • Sperm aspiration: When ejaculation isn’t possible, our expert urologist can perform this delicate procedure to extract sperm directly from the testes (male reproductive glands).
  • Vasectomy reversal: Surgical reversal of a previous vasectomy can allow you to regain a healthy sperm count. Read about fertility surgery.
  • Sperm banking: Cryopreservation (freezing) of sperm for later use is available to men who need medical treatments that may reduce sperm production. Examples include pelvic surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Find out more about sperm banking.
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI): For men with extremely low sperm counts, this technique can be used in combination with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Read more about ICSI.
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): This method of insemination gives sperm with low motility a better chance at reaching the egg. Learn more about IUI.

Contact Us

To make an appointment with a Washington University fertility and reproductive medicine specialist at the Women & Infants Center, call 855.925.0631.