Male Infertility Treatment - How to Get Pregnant with Sperm Problems Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Diagnosis and Treatment
To identify male factor infertility, we always start with a semen analysis. The results from that test will help us know whether further testing should be done so that ultimately, we can create an individualized treatment plan that’s right for you.
The most important parameters in a semen analysis are:
- Concentration (often called “count”) – how many sperm are in each ml of semen?
- Motility – what percent of them are swimming forward?
- Morphology – what percent of them are normally shaped?
Testing for Varicocele
We may refer male patients to a urologist to assess whether they have a correctable condition called a varicocele. However, correcting a varicocele — which is a surgical procedure — may not improve semen quality enough to change the fertility treatment required to achieve pregnancy.
Clomid: Some men with relatively mild sperm abnormalities have been treated with Clomid tablets in an attempt to improve the semen. According to published medical literature, Clomid for the male sometimes can improve the sperm count or motility.
Intra-Uterine Insemination: For men with moderately low sperm counts and/or motility, we’ll often recommend IUI for several months, before moving on to IVF with ICSI.
IVF/ICSI: ICSI is a very effective method to fertilize eggs in the IVF lab . It’s a fancy way of saying “inject sperm into egg.”