For most couples, conceiving a baby is usually a simple and natural experience. Unfortunately, 1 in 6 Australian couples will experience infertility. For about 1 in 5 infertile couples, the problem lies solely in the male partner.
In some cases men may be aware of the issues affecting their fertility – such as vasectomy, previous testicular surgery or chemotherapy. More often, however, infertile men have no symptoms or expectation of any issue. Consequently, reproductive health disorders can have a significant impact on a man’s quality of life and relationships.
As part of investigations for infertility in couples, testing of the male partner will usually include semen analysis – whereby the number, shape and movement of sperm are analysed.
Male infertility is most often associated with problems that affect sperm production or movement. In rarer cases, there may be genetic causes of infertility or a male partner carrying a genetic disorder such as Cystic Fibrosis.
Identifying and treating the cause is not always possible especially as sexual function, including erection and ejaculation, will appear normal. A sperm test is the essential first step in investigation of male infertility, for more information, refer to our Fact Sheet below.
Dr Kretowicz is highly experienced in investigating, diagnosing and treating fertility issues in both men and women and encourages you to make an appointment to discuss any questions or concerns in this area.
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Dr Kretowicz consults at two locations in Brisbane: the Alexandra Building on Wickham Terrace and at the Ramsay Consulting Suites at North West Private Hospital.
“Laparoscopic excision of endometriosis plays an important role in management of patients with infertility. A number of women will conceive spontaneously once their endometriosis has been treated.”
DR EVA KRETOWICZ