What Is Male Factor?

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Complications involving fertility may occur on the part of the female partner, male partner or both. As much as 50% of infertility cases involve male factor issues; however, men are less likely to be referred for analysis. There are many factors that can lead to male infertility, and we invite you to learn about some the complications you may face.

Here is a breakdown of the types of fertility complications that can bar a man from contributing to conception:

– Sperm production disorders: Conditions such as a vasectomy can inhibit sperm production.

-Structural abnormalities: Developmental abnormalities in the reproductive tract resulting from birth, infection or past surgery can obstruct sperm flow.

– Ejaculatory complications: Issues such as retrograde ejaculation, in which the sperm is redirected to the urinary bladder instead of the urethra, prevents the sperm from transferring to the uterus.

– Immunologic disorders: The sperm may not be able to penetrate the egg if an endocrine disorder has resulted in sexual dysfunction or a previous infection produced antisperm antibodies.

It’s important to keep in mind that male infertility can develop as a result of pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and thyroid gland disease. To diagnose male factor, you can contact Utah Fertility Center at 801-785-5100 for a consultation with our reproductive endocrinologists. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment to identify any infertility complications and help you determine your options for fertility treatment in Pleasant Grove, Utah.