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Salena Wilson (@salenawilson)
3 months ago

Using IVF to treat male infertility can help you have a child. Sometimes the best course of treatment for male infertility is IVF. Finding the cause is crucial when the semen analysis reveals a malefactor and is atypical. Basic treatments may be employed if the low sperm count appears to be hormone-related, brought on by an illness, or linked to a male anatomic anomaly. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is typically the go-to treatment for male infertility if these don't work or if it's a more severe case. 

Alternatives to IVF for male infertility:

  1. Doctors may prescribe fertility injections or drugs like Clomid for hormonal imbalances like low testosterone levels. Men with normal hormone levels and low sperm counts frequently use intrauterine insemination on their partners. For moderate cases of male infertility, this is a straightforward and reasonably priced procedure.
  2. An additional examination by a urologist is frequently necessary for anatomical problems that contribute to male infertility. Specialists in the male reproductive system are urologists. To decide what medical intervention is required, they will collaborate with Doctors.
  3. IVF may be the best treatment option for male infertility if the sperm count is too low for IUI. For couples experiencing male factor infertility, this treatment has a very high rate of success.

When do we advise IVF in cases of male infertility?

Doctors frequently suggest in vitro fertilization (IVF) for male infertility if a semen study shows a very low concentration of normal sperm. This is due to the fact that the success rates are significantly higher than with IUI or timed relationships.

When there are several infertility issues, such as a low sperm count along with a blocked tube, trouble ovulating, or an older woman, IVF is a good alternative. Couples in these circumstances may find that IVF is the most effective treatment since it increases the likelihood that the egg will be fertilized.

The following is the rationale:

  1. Through IVF, sperm with weak motility can still fertilize eggs. The poorly motile sperm do not have to travel very far to reach the egg because they are placed near to one another on a petri dish, and fertilization may be managed in a lab setting.
  2. Via IVF, low sperm counts can still result in conception.

The sperm has no danger of "getting lost" in the female reproductive canal because the egg and sperm are brought together in a laboratory. Normally, sperm follow a certain path to the egg, but many of them drop off on the way. Fertilization cannot take place if there are not enough sperm that can get to the egg.

  1. IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) will be used to treat severe male factors.
  2. ICSI increases the likelihood of conception by carefully selecting a single sperm and injecting it into the egg. ICSI is also carried out when sperm is obtained using TESE (testicular sperm extraction), commonly known as a testicular biopsy, or when a frozen sperm sample is used.

IVF semen collection:

On the day of egg retrieval, a sperm sample is obtained on-site at Midwest Reproductive Center by masturbation. To make sure that the lab has enough healthy sperm on the day of the egg extraction to fertilize the eggs, men with severely low sperm counts in some circumstances may need to freeze a sample in advance as a backup for IVF.

Our embryologist gets ready the sperm specimen for an IVF cycle by washing it to separate for the strongest, most motile sperm. The amount of motile sperm that will be exposed to the egg will rise as a result of this process. The sperm might potentially come into physical contact with the egg during IVF.