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The Intrusive Male Fertility Test Why Is It Considered Necessary?

Posted Sep 07 2010 6:56am

Following a consultation, the next step in the male fertility test is a semen analysis test. From the results of this test, the doctor will be able to find out whether infertility is caused by low sperm count and/ or motility. You may also be asked for a urine sample, to check on the effect of smoking, alcohol and prescription or recreational drugs as all of these affect fertility. The home male fertility test is a good option for men who would prefer to check their fertility privately before seeking medical help.

For the couple having trouble conceiving for no apparent reason, the first type of treatment prescribed is often artificial insemination. This treatment results in a pregnancy for about 3 of every 20 couples, when combined with drugs like Clomid. The sperm are usually treated in a lab, to decrease the chance of infections, and increase the chances of fertilization. Around the time of ovulation, the sperm will be placed into the uterus.

Reports of links between infertility treatment and cerebral palsy have brought up concerns. Parents who undergo infertility treatment have a higher risk of giving birth to children with cerebral palsy, recent studies show. A report in the journal Human Reproduction, detailing a new study comparing children conceived through assisted reproduction and those born naturally, reported that of 590,000 babies born between 1995 and 2003 in Denmark, those born as a result of infertility treatment experienced double the incidence of cerebral palsy as children who were the result of natural conception. The higher rates of pre term delivery and multiple births ( twins or triplets make up about 1/2 of all assisted reproduction births) among this group, is believed to be the cause for the increased risk.

Many couples today are opting for methods like IVF or IUI, but a growing number are also trying alternative and mostly natural ways to improve their odds of conceiving. There are many lifestyle changes that can improve your fertility, including diet, acupuncture, exercise, yoga and even some specialty herbs. When you ponder the invasive and painful nature of some of the medical procedures used in infertility treatment, the expense, and most importantly, the risks involved, it makes sense to go for the natural options wherever possible.

Almost 25% of cases of infertility can be traced to problems with ovulation. Fortunately there are medications available that are very effective in stimulating or regulating ovulation. If ovulation still doesn't occur then gonadotropins should be the next step and should result in the release of some eggs. A pregnancy carrying more than one embryo may occur with the use of these drugs, in which case your doctor will explain your options.

In vitro fertilization (IVF) uses sperm to fertilize eggs in a lab, after which the fertilized egg is deposited into the uterus to grow. For this procedure, the eggs are taken via a needle from the ovary before they are released to the fallopian tubes. Among the possible side effects of IVF are ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and pregnancy with multiple fetuses.

Surgery may be done in the case of blocked fallopian tubes, to open or remove them. Scarring from previous surgery, infection, growths like fibroids or polyps, and endometriosis can also be treated with surgery. While a surgical procedure may be beneficial it may not solve a couple's infertility challenges. Correcting fertility challenges will regularly require more than one treatment.

A fair number of husbands and wives have trouble conceiving and may choose infertility treatment. If you have tried for more than a year to get pregnant, the next step might be to do an infertility evaluation. After the age of 30 the infertility evaluation should begin at an earlier time, within about six months of trying. Even with a medical evaluation it's not always easy to say a couple is infertile.

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