Causes of Male Infertility

Our Male Fertility Doctor tackles common and complex causes of male infertility in our Manhattan fertility center

When you are trying to get pregnant but can’t conceive, you and your partner may feel discouraged. The reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Joel Batzofin, at our Manhattan fertility center has extensive experience detecting and treating infertility, including male factor infertility.

After we uncover the potential problem, your physician will create a detailed treatment plan so that you can achieve a successful pregnancy and have the family you desire.

Our Manhattan fertility center physician debunks misconceptions about infertility

Approximately 1 in 8 couples will deal with infertility. Many times, people believe that infertility only impacts women; however, in almost one-third of couples, male factor infertility creates issues with conception. Female infertility occurs in about 33 percent of cases, and unknown factors comprise the other one-third of patients.

Fertility testing uncovers impediments to pregnancy

As part of a complete fertility evaluation, Dr. Batzofin will run tests to hone in on potential fertility obstacles. With men, the initial test is a sperm analysis to assess several characteristics such as sperm count, motility, shape and volume. If the initial results reveal any cause for concern, we will refer your partner to a urologist for further evaluation.

Identifying culprits that can lead to male factor infertility

When a fertility assessment indicates potential male infertility, one of the following issues may be to blame:

  • Abnormal sperm production Sometimes, men produce lower numbers of sperm than normal, decreasing the odds of conception.
  • Sperm delivery issues In cases that involve premature ejaculation, physical blockages or genetic abnormalities, the sperm do not reach the desired destination so pregnancy does not occur.
  • Environmental influences Pesticides, radiation, cigarette smoke, alcohol and overexposure to heat can all negatively impact male fertility.
  • Medical conditions Certain genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis can create issues with sperm production and delivery, which may impede the process of getting pregnant. Additionally, patients who undergo cancer treatment may also experience issues with fertility.

Receive advanced infertility treatment at New York Fertility Services

We understand that male factor infertility can feel like a devastating blow to you and your partner. When you receive a diagnosis of male factor infertility, Dr. Batzofin will explain the findings and then discuss potential treatments. Often, procedures such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) can provide the necessary impetus to produce a successful pregnancy.

For individuals and couples struggling to conceive, infertility often wreaks havoc on their lives. Our Manhattan fertility center team utilizes advanced diagnostic care to pinpoint causes of infertility, including male factor infertility, so that you can receive appropriate treatment. Contact our fertility center for more information or to schedule an appointment.