Male Fertility Clinic
A dedicated male fertility clinic is a vital service in the world of fertility. A male fertility clinic will have male fertility specialists investigating male fertility. These are a combination of embryologists, andrologists and male fertility urologists - specialists in the field of male fertility. So why are male fertility tests so often done at female fertility clinics? It sounds bizarre when you say it out loud but this happens so often! Surely a male fertility clinic would be better suited to investigate male fertility and perform male fertility testing? So why are men attending women’s fertility clinics to have male tests done? In our opinion it is all due to history, due to expectations and historic expectations. Fertility is very much seen as a female issue, and although this goes back for a few hundred years the prejudice still exists in today’s protocols and regimes. This is why most people find it acceptable to have a male fertility test done at a female fertility clinic.
But when you break it down and really think about it it is advantageous to have a male fertility expert assess male fertility, and a female specialist investigate female fertility and then for these specialists to work together, to the benefit of the couple as a whole. To view male fertility results properly in a way that they result in an improvement to fertility and an improvement to the couple’s fertility outcome, they must be reviewed by a specialist in male fertility.
There are so many misconceptions when it comes to male fertility. Sadly, many men are made to feel guilty about their fertility, that it is somehow their fault and that problems with their fertility are attributable to something that they are doing. Whilst lifestyle factors are important in the process of fertility, they really are not the everything. Most men who come to see us with male fertility issue have physiological, diagnosable male fertility conditions which with appropriate consideration and treatment can improve the sperm quality and the fertility outcome for the couple.
So, what tests are performed at a male fertility clinic?
Sperm test or semen analysis can help identify issues with sperm count, sperm motility, sperm composition, and overall sperm quality. These are all important parts of successful fertility treatment. Issues with sperm quality may require additional treatments.
In a sperm analysis, we can assess:
- Volume – The total amount of fluid that comes out during ejaculation
- Concentration – The sperm count or concentration
- Motility – The percentage of sperm that are moving and how well they are moving
- Morphology – An assessment of the size, shape, and appearance of sperm
Additional tests can include:
- Sperm DNA Fragmentation – Assessing DNA within the sperm for damage
- Semen culture
- Genetic blood tests
- Hormone blood tests
Every man is different, and the cause and scope of male infertility varies from man to man as well. At Fertility Solutions we use a set of detailed tests in order to determine the extent of male infertility that you are dealing with, the causes for male infertility, and the best possible ways to overcome the exact type of male infertility that you are experiencing.
By using a variety of sophisticated tests, we can achieve a complete understanding of your situation. All these tests allow us to direct a couple into the therapy that may help them conceive the quickest and least expensive/invasive way.