Male Infertility (Andrology)
Male infertility, also known as Andrology, is a condition where a man is unable to produce children. While it has been assumed throughout history that in general, infertility was a problem only in women, research has shown that fifty percent of couples who experience problems achieving pregnancy have the man in the place of being infertile.
There are several causes for male infertility. Sexually transmitted diseases can cause infertility in both genders. Testicular injury is to blame in some cases, while in others it is due to childhood illnesses such as the mumps. Other causes include undescended testicles, genetic disorders and lesions on the spinal cord. The only way to be certain of the reason a man is infertile is to be examined by a medical professional, although a cause may never be found in some cases.
The first step in determining male infertility is a sperm analysis. This is because one of the main reasons behind this condition is a weak sperm level. A complete medical work up and dissection of the patient’s medical history will also be required. Once a cause is defined (if possible), treatment can be explored. Treatment for male infertility may include surgical corrections, assisted reproduction and medication.