Take a Closer Look at Male Fertility Tests in our Dallas Area Fertility Center
Although people often think of infertility as a woman’s issue, male factor infertility actually impacts about 33 percent of couples struggling to get pregnant. As part of our standard protocol, Dr. James Douglas will complete a full fertility work-up that includes testing for both the female and male partner. These male fertility tests can help shed light on the barriers that may be preventing pregnancy.
The Initial Fertility Screening: Male Fertility Tests to Expect
When you first visit IVF Plano, Dr. Douglas will typically recommend preliminary evaluation for both partners. Male fertility tests begin with a semen analysis. Depending on the results, Dr. Douglas may suggest further assessment by a urologist, a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating issues around the male reproductive system.
Your fertility specialist can partner with the urologist to determine if underlying issues exist and the appropriate steps to correct any problems.
An In-Depth Look at Semen Analysis
For this male fertility test, your partner will need to collect a sample. The semen analysis will look at several factors, including:
- Volume ~ How much semen is present in one ejaculation
- Count ~ Number of sperm present per milliliter (mL) of semen in one ejaculation
- Morphology ~ Percentage of normal sperm
- Liquefaction time ~ A measure of how long it takes the semen to liquefy
- Motility ~ Assesses how many sperm can effectively move forward
- pH level ~ Measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the sample
- White blood count ~ Confirmation that no white blood cells are present
- Fructose level ~ Evaluates the amount of a sugar called fructose in the semen
Other Common Male Fertility Tests
Depending on the situation, Dr. Douglas may also order any of the following male fertility tests:
- Blood work to check hormone levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and testosterone, also luteinizing hormone (LH), estradiol, or prolactin
- Tests to check for the presence of infection, including HIV, hepatitis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia, all of which can impair fertility
- Specialized semen analysis, including genetic testing of the sperm and evaluation for the presence of antisperm antibodies
- Post-ejaculatory urine sample to rule out or indicate retrograde ejaculation
- Genetic testing for couples with severely low sperm counts who will be using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI); genetic testing can also help identify the possibility of inheritable genetic diseases that can be passed on to children
The team at IVF Plano wants to help you achieve your goal of parenthood. We can provide male fertility tests to identify issues and then recommend the appropriate treatment. Contact our Dallas area fertility clinic to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Douglas.