Examination a semen sample to look for a comprehensive list of microorganisms that could negatively impact fertility
A microbiome is a collection of all the tiny organisms (e.g., bacteria and viruses) that live in or on our bodies. You’ve may well have heard of the gut microbiome, but did you know that your genital tract has a microbiome too? It’s important to keep your genital tract microbiome healthy as an unhealthy microbiome could negatively impact your fertility.
Why is the male microbiome important to fertility?
If the genital tract microbiome is unbalanced (e.g., a bacterial infection) it can have negative consequences for fertility. This could include:
For the best chance of conceiving a healthy pregnancy, it is there important for both the male and female genital microbiomes to be healthy, balanced and free from infection.
Can you test the male microbiome?
There are many ways an infection can arise in the genital tract, many of which have nothing to do with sexually transmitted infections (e.g., chlamydia or gonorrhoea). However, no matter how the infection began, it’s important to identify and treat it as soon as possible.
What does the test show?
The male microbiome test examines a semen sample to look for a comprehensive list of microorganisms that could negatively impact fertility. If any infections are found, we will refer you to a Urologist who will be able to make your microbiome healthy again. We would also recommend testing your partner’s microbiome to ensure this is healthy and free from infection too.
When should you have a microbiome test?
Not all infections have obvious symptoms so it’s often not possible to know you have an unhealthy microbiome without performing a test. Male microbiome testing may be particularly useful in the following scenarios:
Why choose us for your male microbiome test?
At Fertility Solutions, we use a personalised approach to patient care. That means we’ll work with you to evaluate your individual fertility needs and create a custom treatment plan to suit you. As part of the male microbiome test, we include the following as standard:
The good news is that there’s lots you can do to enhance your fertility. Our expert team is on hand to give you guidance and support throughout your fertility journey.
Whenever possible, we help our patients to conceive naturally. If IVF is necessary to help you have a child, we offer a full and comprehensive IVF satellite service in conjunction with one of the most successful IVF clinics in the UK. Please get in touch to find out more.
We understand that embarking on any treatment journey is daunting and fertility treatment is no different. The team at Fertility Solutions is here to guide you every step of the way. Our aim is to take the mystery away, help you make sense of the medical information and provide, simple, clear facts about what is possible for you.