How common is male infertility
It is estimated that one in six couples trying to conceive a child are unable to because of infertility. A male infertility factor is a major or contributing factor for at least half of these. A urologist can help determine such factors and provide treatment.
How is male infertility treated?
A urologist will begin by conducting a complete examination to identify any physical problems that might lessen fertility. Among factors considered are:
Problems with erection or ejaculation, low sex drive and sexual function difficulties
- A lower than normal sperm count (fewer than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen)
- A history of prostate, testicle or sexual problems
- Past surgeries of the groin, penis, scrotum or testicles
In some cases, a surgical procedure may be indicated to remove an obstacle to sperm delivery.
What is vasectomy reversal?
The reasons for having a vasectomy reversal are as individualized as men making that choice, and the outcomes have never been better. Vasectomy reversals reconnect the vas deferens, ducts that carry sperm from the testicles into the semen.
How is the vasectomy reversal performed?
For most men, the reversal involves a minimally invasive, microsurgical procedure in which the urologist reattaches the cut ends of the vas deferens. When the ends are rejoined, sperm can once again flow through the urethra.