Infertility is slightly more common in women. About 40-50% of couples with difficulty conceiving will have some sperm issues, ranging from mild to severe problems. Sometimes this is the only reason for a couple’s infertility, and sometimes male infertility problems and female infertility issues occur together in both partners. Part of the reason that women… Read More
How important is the sperms morphology when trying to conceive?
There are several different standards for morphology reporting. There is an older standard called WHO morphology, where 30% normal forms is a ‘perfect score’. The most common method of reporting nowadays is called Kruger or ‘strict’, where the ideal range is 15% or greater normal morphology. To answer your original question: yes, low morphology means… Read More
Can we skip male infertility tests if my husband objects?
We can’t make your husband do a test he doesn’t want to but it’s a bad idea to ‘skip’ testing for him. In couples who aren’t getting pregnant after trying for a year or longer, almost half the time there is a sperm issue (40-50% of couples). It could be the only problem or occur… Read More
Does having deformed sperm on a guy’s semen analysis increase the chances of a deformity in his future baby?
Men with low morphology (% of normal-shaped sperm) may have more genetically abnormal sperm. Morphology testing is far from a perfect test but may mean that you need more workup or can change fertility treatment recommendations. More genetically abnormal sperm increases the chance of miscarriage or chromosomally abnormal pregnancy, but does not cause common birth… Read More
How would you know if you have a high enough sperm to have a baby?
I recommend getting a Semen Analysis ‘done right’ at a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility clinic rather than at a hospital or a general medical testing lab such as Labcorp or Quest. We have trained Andrologists, using the correct equipment and microscopes, and quality control standards to give you the most accurate results. A complete Semen… Read More
What should my husband expect during his first infertility visit?
We review his medical and lifestyle history, including alcohol, tobacco and prescription medication use, and recommend a Semen Analysis for fertility testing. When both partners attend fertility visits (preferred but not mandatory), the man may look bored, or nervous, or rarely embarrassed by the whole fertility thing. Some can find the humor in the situation… Read More