USC Fertility

Male Infertility Basics

USC Fertility offers diagnosis and treatment for couples experiencing male infertility

USC Fertility offers diagnosis and treatment for couples experiencing male infertilityAn estimated 1 in 8 U.S. couples will have trouble conceiving. We understand that infertility creates stress and frustration for our patients. Our Los Angeles fertility center experts can pinpoint and treat common causes of fertility issues, including identifying male infertility.

Male infertility basics from our doctors

Healthy couples trying to achieve pregnancy have about a 20% chance of conceiving in any given month. After one year of trying, women under age 35 and their partners should consider seeing a fertility specialist to determine whether any fertility problems exist. In about one-third of cases, female infertility creates the issues. For another third, unidentified infertility is the culprit. Male infertility represents the other one-third of cases.

Common causes of male factor infertility can include the following.

  • Low sperm production
  • Abnormal sperm function
  • Ejaculatory problems
  • Physical blockages
  • Injuries
  • Chronic health issues
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Lifestyle choices

Highlighting basic testing for male infertility at our Los Angeles fertility center

When you and your partner schedule a fertility evaluation with one of our fertility doctors, we will begin with a basic assessment of both partners. Female patients will provide a medical history, undergo bloodwork and have a physical exam and an ultrasound. To identify any potential male factor infertility, our doctors will generally order a semen analysis.

With a semen analysis, your partner provides a sample, which we will have assessed for shape, count, motility and volume. If the test reveals any areas of concern, your doctor can make a referral to a local urologist, a physician who specializes in the male reproductive system.

Discover advanced fertility treatment options at USC Fertility

Once we have determined that male infertility has made getting pregnant difficult, your doctor can create a detailed treatment plan. This course of action may involve coordination with the urologist. Male factor infertility treatment may involve surgery, hormone therapy, medication for infections or erectile dysfunction and the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART). USC Fertility offers state-of-the-art fertility treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) to increase the odds of a successful pregnancy.

For patients and their partners who visit our Los Angeles fertility center, we provide the top-notch medical care they need and the continuous support they deserve. Our physicians will evaluate the specific causes of infertility and review the appropriate treatment to remove any roadblocks to conception. If you have tried to get pregnant without any luck and have concerns about female or male infertility, contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment.