Optimizing Male Fertility
The chance of an otherwise healthy couple conceiving is about 40% at 3 months, 75% at 6 months and 90% at 12 months. NAU Urology Specialists Men’s Fertility Center of Austin recommends that couples that have tried to conceive without success after one year should seek care from a fertility specialist.
A traditional semen analysis to assess fertility is performed on all Men’s Fertility Center of Austin patients. This is the most basic test and remains one of the single most important tests to assess male fertility. Learn More.
Genetic Fertility Testing
Our genes play a significant role in who we become and can play an important role in male fertility. Especially in the azoospermic male (someone who has no sperm in his ejaculate), a genetic evaluation is a critical step to determine if infertility can be overcome.
The Genetic Fertility Tests We Offer Include:
- Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Receptor Mutations
- Y Chromosome Abnormalities
- Counsyl™ Testing
Hormonal Fertility Testing
The predominant sex hormone in men is testosterone. We are able to measure the signals from the brain to the testicles that help regulate the production of testosterone and sperm (LH and FSH). A full hormonal evaluation will include measuring of prolactin, testosterone, estrogen, LH, FSH, thyroid function and a variety of other hormones. Learn more.
Lifestyle Fertility Evaluation
Virtually anything that affects overall health can impact sperm function, maturity, and appearance, and can influence fertility for months, even after changes are made. Lifestyle factors can play a big role in male fertility. Our evaluation will help to uncover aspects of your lifestyle that may be impacting your fertility even though you consider healthy, such as long-distance cycling or extreme dieting. Learn more.
Physiologic Fertility Evaluation
Structural features of the testicle and medical conditions specific to a particular individual have the most obvious impact on fertility. Abnormal anatomy, abnormal blood flow, prior trauma, early childhood infections and congenital abnormalities can be discovered on a thorough genital examination. Certain features of the physical exam can also suggest causes of male fertility problems.
Just as important as anatomy, however, is the possibility that medical conditions could be impacting fertility. Elevated cholesterol, hypertension, and regulation of blood glucose all can impact fertility. Your cardiometabolic examination and our office will include a full physical examination as well as a full laboratory examination that often includes advanced lipid testing. Learn more.
Contact us to learn more today.