New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine
PATIENT SERVICES AT NEW HOPE CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE
Male Fertility Clinic Questions and Answers
The New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine is an excellent male fertility clinic, offering services to both men and women who are looking for help with pregnancy and reproductive health issues. For an appointment, please feel free to call us or schedule an appointment through our website. We serve patients from Virginia Beach VA, Rudee Heights VA, Lynnhaven VA, Linkhorn Estates VA, and Dam Neck VA.
If you are having difficulty with pregnancy and conception, it is always okay to seek help from medical professionals who specialize in fertility. At the New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine, our fertility specialists provide excellent male fertility services and would be more than happy to help you find success with pregnancy and conception!
What kind of doctor should I see for male infertility?
For male infertility, there are several doctors who can provide excellent treatment. Depending on your specific fertility needs, you may benefit most from a urologist or reproductive endocrinologist. Urologists specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating illnesses affecting the female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs. Reproductive endocrinologists specialize in addressing hormonal functioning and the effect that such functioning has on the issue of infertility.
At the New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine, we have various fertility specialists, including our reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Robin L. Poe-Ziegler, MD, who is also board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).
What is a Male Fertility Clinic?
A male fertility clinic specializes in testing, diagnosing, and treating conditions that lead to male infertility while also assisting and providing alternative options for individuals and couples dealing with male infertility. At the New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine, we provide fertility services for male and female infertility. In order to treat or assist male infertility, we provide the following services:
- Assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Sperm donor services
- Surgical sperm extraction
For more information on the services that we provide for male infertility at The New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine, please feel free to call us. You can reach us Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
How do you check male fertility?
There are several ways to check for male fertility. In general, male fertility assessments can include such things as the following:
- Medical history review and physical examination
- Genetic tests
- Hormone testing
- Post-ejaculation analysis
- Scrotal ultrasound
- Semen analysis
- Specialized sperm function tests
- Testicular biopsy
- Transrectal ultrasound
At the New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine, we provide several different tests and evaluations to assess male fertility levels. Some of these tests and evaluations include the Episona test, semen analysis (SA), physical examinations and medical history reviews, and hormone tests.
The Episona test is an advanced assessment that identifies the risk of infertility based on an analysis of the individual’s sperm DNA. This test includes an analysis of any abnormal genes that lead to male infertility.
With a semen analysis, semen is collected through masturbation into a sterilized cup and analyzed for amount and quality. The semen analysis will provide the following information:
- Morphology (shape or structure of the sperm)
- Motility (sperm movement)
- Sperm count
- Viscosity (resistance to flow)
Hormone tests for male infertility assess testosterone levels and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels to determine how hormonal imbalances may contribute to male infertility.
Physical examinations evaluate the pelvic organs, including the penis, prostate, scrotum, and testes, for any abnormalities that could contribute to male infertility.
What are 4 causes of male infertility?
Male infertility can occur as a result of numerous conditions or causes. The following are four of the main causes of male infertility:
- Abnormal sperm function or production: this can occur due to various health conditions, such as diabetes or enlarged veins in the testes, as well as genetic defects or undescended testicles.
- Damage from cancer or cancer treatment: including radiation or chemotherapy, causing low sperm count.
- Overexposure to environmental factors: exposure to pesticides, radiation, and other substances can affect sperm production, as well as smoking, alcohol, steroid, and marijuana use, and frequent use of saunas or hot tubs.
- Problems with sperm delivery: such issues can be caused by premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, blockages in the testicle, or damage or injury to the reproductive organs.
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