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How to Boost Male Fertility in 5 Steps
When deciding you are ready to start a family, nothing is more disappointing than the discovery that you are currently unable to conceive. While it is often assumed it is the woman’s body that is making this difficult, it is actually just as common for the male to hold the issue that needs to be addressed. Ron S Israeli, MD, PC is a leading urologist committed to helping address male infertility. Here are the 5 steps men need to follow to combat male infertility in order to ensure the best chances for achieving a successful pregnancy.
1. Check for STDs/STIs
If you and your partner have been trying to conceive naturally without any luck for 12 months, then it is time to start looking into the underlying cause. Sometimes, the culprit behind male infertility is a lingering Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) or Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). By getting a STD check, you can address this issue and more than likely be on your way to reproducing. If you have any signs or symptoms of an STD or STI at any time, it is very important to bring it up to your doctor, as untreated STDs can have severe health and fertility consequences.
2. Stop Bad Habits
Before conceiving, it is important to be in your best health. While women are typically charged with getting healthy in order to carry a baby to term, many men are unable to conceive because of an underlying health condition or bad habit. If you are having fertility problems, take a holistic look at your health and lifestyle. Now is the best time to begin living a healthier lifestyle by quitting smoking, lessening the amount of alcohol you consume, and changing your unhealthy eating habits. All of these lifestyle choices can play a huge role in your ability to conceive.
3. Give Yourself Time
Ultimately, you and your partner getting pregnant is a game of chance. 30% of couples will get pregnant the first month they “try.” 59% will achieve a pregnancy within 3 months of unprotected intercourse. Lastly, 80% of couples get pregnant within 6 months. So, if it has been less than six months and your partner still isn’t pregnant, this does not mean either one of you is infertile. Give yourselves 6-12 months before seeking professional treatment for a fertility issue, unless you have other causes for concern.
4. Get Examined by a Doctor (Your Partner, Too)
If you are having trouble conceiving, then it is time to consult a doctor. A qualified doctor with specific experience working with infertility will provide you the best chances for successfully combating infertility. A urologist will be able to identify the underlying cause of male infertility and therefore treat said underlying cause. This will allow the couple to have the best chances of successfully conceiving.
5. Start a Treatment Plan
If you are in fact suffering from male infertility, your doctor will begin discussing your options. Infertile couples have several options for achieving a family. Depending on the specific underlying cause of the male infertility, these are the most common treatment options:
- Varicocele surgery
Varicocele is the leading cause of male infertility. It is caused by a network of tangled, enlarged veins in a man’s scrotum. Over 40% of men with known infertility have varicocele, as it damages and kills sperm cells making it nearly impossible to conceive. This problem is typically addressed through surgery, in which the veins producing varicocele are cut to eliminate blood flow to the varicocele. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is thought to improve pregnancy rates.
- Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
In this procedure, the male’s sperm is taken outside of the body and injected directly into his partner’s egg. This is ideal for men with low sperm counts and/or low sperm motility, as it allows the doctor to manually implant the sperm into the egg. This does require fertility drugs (for the woman) in order to retrieve the egg. The healthy embryo is later implanted in the woman’s uterus.
Contact an Experienced Urologist in NJ Today
Are you and your partner having trouble achieving a successful pregnancy? Male infertility may be to blame. Ron S Israeli MD, PC has decades of experience utilizing the most cutting edge technologies to solve a wide range of urological problems and diseases men face, including infertility. After determining the root cause of the infertility, Dr. Israeli will identify a thorough plan for helping you and your partner build the family you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.