Why see a urologist for male fertility issues?
The male reproductive system is closely entwined with the male urological system. It only makes sense then that the diagnosis and treatment of male fertility issues falls under the care of urology. Because the urologists who treat fertility issues have undergone specialized training in male infertility, they offer significant expertise in addressing this aspect of men’s health.
What conditions cause male fertility problems?
About 15% of couples attempting to conceive a child are unable to despite trying for a year. In approximately one-third of these cases, the underlying reason is due to male fertility issues.
Most of these problems are associated with low sperm production. Other issues that might cause male infertility include:
- Abnormal sperm function
- Blockages that prevent delivery of sperm
- Other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes
- Being underweight or overweight
- Lifestyle factors that include smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and illicit drug use
Many effective treatments exist that can overcome the challenges associated with male infertility.
What are the symptoms of male infertility?
Beyond the inability to conceive a child, symptoms of potential fertility issues include:
- Sexual dysfunction, such as reduced desire for sexual intercourse or difficulty maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- Recurrent respiratory infections
- Pain, swelling, or palpable lump in the testicular area
- Gynecomastia or abnormal breast growth
- Signs of hormonal imbalance, such as decreased facial and body hair
A total sperm count that’s lower than 39 million per ejaculate is also a sign of male infertility.
What are the treatments for male infertility?
Treatment depends upon the reason for your fertility issues, so diagnosing the cause of the problem becomes the first step in developing a treatment plan. At Urology Associates Of Southeastern North Carolina, P.A., you can expect a thorough medical exam, a detailed review of your medical history, and discussion of habits and lifestyle factors that may be affecting your fertility.
Your fertility specialist then recommends diagnostic tests, typically beginning with a sperm count, to reveal the cause of your symptoms before designing an effective treatment plan.
If you’re struggling with fertility issues, see a specialist who cares and has the medical skills you need. Schedule a visit at Urology Associates Of Southeastern North Carolina, P.A. today. Call the office or book your appointment online.