USC Fertility

Male Infertility Testing

Understanding male infertility testing at our Los Angeles fertility center

Couples and individuals who visit USC Fertility look to our physicians to provide answers about why they cannot conceive. After an initial consultation, your doctor will conduct a full fertility evaluation to determine what may be hindering conception. As part of this assessment, you and your partner will undergo fertility testing. Your Los Angeles fertility center expert can help you understand female and male infertility testing.

Highlighting infertility basics for our patients

In order to address infertility problems, your doctor must identify any barriers to pregnancy. In about 1 in 3 cases, the issue is female infertility. In another third of cases, the cause is male factor infertility. Unexplained infertility is the culprit for the remaining patients. By completing a thorough fertility assessment, your doctor can determine the best treatment options.

Our Los Angeles fertility center helps patients understand male infertility testing

Getting to the bottom of any fertility issue means a complete evaluation for both you and your partner. To help you understand male infertility testing, our doctors have provided an overview of common male fertility tests.

  • Medical history. You will answer questions about your general health and any chronic illnesses, inherited conditions, injuries or surgeries that could affect fertility.
  • Hormone testing. A simple blood test can evaluate testosterone and other hormone levels to make sure they fall in the normal ranges.
  • Semen analysis. Most doctors use a semen analysis as the first test to identify potential male factor infertility. With a semen analysis, your partner will provide a semen sample, which we will assess for quantity, quality, shape, pH levels and motility.

Taking the next steps after infertility testing

After we complete the testing, your doctor will review the results with you and your partner. Depending on the issues, we may make a referral to a local urologist, a specialist with expertise in the male reproductive system.

A urologist may recommend additional evaluations, such as scrotal ultrasound, testicular biopsy, post-ejaculation urinalysis or specialized sperm function tests to gather additional information. Once your fertility specialist has all the relevant details, your doctor will develop a personalized treatment plan so that you can achieve your parenting dreams.

If you have tried to get pregnant to no avail, we can help. With extensive training and experience treating infertility, the physicians in our Los Angeles fertility center can assist you with reaching your parenthood goals. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about infertility treatment, including understanding male infertility testing.