The Ultimate Guide to Male Infertility Services That South Bend Patients Trust
Infertility is a condition affecting numerous couples. In fact, one study reports that up to 48.5 million couples struggle with infertility around the world. Infertility can affect both men and women and can be a source of stress, disappointment and frustration. The urologists and infertility specialists at Urology Associates of South Bound (UASB) understand the complexities that come with infertility, which is why, when it comes to male infertility services that South Bend men rely on, UASB is there to help.
Infertility Services That South Bend Couples Choose for Help and Hope
There is often a misnomer regarding infertility in that the common cause is mostly associated with women. Although women can certainly struggle with fertility challenges, so can their male counterparts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately eight percent of couples dealing with infertility issues have identified the male as having problems.
It’s important to note, that regardless of whether an infertility issue has been identified on behalf of the male or female, there is hope for both. At UASB we routinely work with couples to assess several infertility factors. For men, we will evaluate infertility through exploring a number of considerations by:
- Running comprehensive diagnostics
- Conducting semen testing
- Providing treatment of developmental, hormonal and reproductive disorders whenever applicable
In addition to diagnostic, testing, and treatment, UASB has numerous resources and additional urology services available.
How Does Infertility in Men Occur?
It’s not uncommon for our male patients who struggle with infertility to wonder why they have an issue to begin with. The good news is sometimes a behavioral or psychological condition is to blame, and thus can be treated and corrected. Other times, it may be a hereditary or genetic reason. Here are a few common causes of male infertility:
- Too much production of prolactin from the hypothalamus or pituitary glands that can adversely affect testicular function
- Overheating of the sperm (a condition referred to as “varicoceles”)
- Using excessive drugs, alcohol, tobacco and/or steroids
- Chemotherapy, radiation or surgical procedures related to cancer treatment
- Certain medications and variations of autoimmune disorders that potentially lead to testicular failure
- Trauma to the testes that in turn reduces sperm production
- Klinefelter’s syndrome, myotonic dystrophy and Y-chromosome microdeletion among other genetic disorders causing little to no sperm production
There may be additional circumstances associated with infertility that your urologist will discuss, such as your age, potential exposure to environmental toxins and obesity. No matter what may contribute to your fertility challenges, you can relax knowing that our UASB physicians and staff will help you navigate various infertility treatment options to find the best solution for you.
Covering All the Possibilities
At UASB we approach treatment for infertility on a case-by-case basis, making sure to address each patient’s personalized needs. As part of the infertility services South Bend urologists offer in terms of treatment, there are three main approaches:
- Non-Surgical Therapy
- A urologist may prescribe certain medications or supplements to treat or increase fertility viability. Behavioral and lifestyle adjustment recommendations may also be suggested to remedy certain conditions that cause infertility.
- Surgical Therapy
- Surgery utilized to remedy an obstructed vas deferens, or to directly extract sperm from the testicles or epididymis can be utilized as a potential solution to male infertility.
- Treatment for Unknown Causes of Male Infertility
- This includes Assisted Reproductive Techniques, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and more.
If you’re ready to explore your options for male infertility treatment, please contact us now. Our friendly staff will help you set up your first consultation: (574) 234-4100.