Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs one of the body’s most basic functions: the conception of children. It is defined in practical terms as a couple’s inability to achieve pregnancy after a year of unprotected intercourse.
Infertility is a common problem, with more than 5 million couples in the United States dealing with these problems. Infertility affects one in every six couples who are trying to conceive. In at least half of all cases of infertility, a male factor is a major or contributing cause. This means that about 10% of all men in the United States who are attempting to conceive suffer from infertility.
The specialists in Hashmi Dawakhana for Male Infertility understand your concerns from an emotional perspective as well as the medical one and are here to help. We offer a unique, comprehensive, team approach to diagnosing and treating male infertility to help you achieve your personal goals and dreams for the future. Rapid research advances in the area of male reproduction have brought about dramatic changes in the ability to treat male infertility. The majority of couples suffering from infertility can now be helped to conceive a child on their own.
What causes male infertility?
Conception is a complicated process that depends upon many factors: the production of healthy sperm by the man and healthy eggs by the woman; unblocked fallopian tubes that allow the sperm to reach the egg; the sperm’s ability to fertilize the egg when they meet; the ability of the fertilized egg (embryo) to become implanted in the woman’s uterus; and good embryo quality.
Finally, for the pregnancy to continue to full term, the embryo must be healthy and the woman’s hormonal environment adequate for its development. When just one of these factors is impaired, infertility can result.
Male infertility can be related to a man’s inability to produce sperm cells, known in medical terms as azoospermia. Or it can be related to the production of low or poor quality sperm, oligospermia. Other problems that can occur include malformed sperm that cannot live long enough to fertilize the egg and genetic diseases that impair fertility.
The good news is that many cases of male infertility are treatable, allowing couples to achieve their goal of having a family.
What are the symptoms of male infertility?
Besides the inability to conceive children, there are many other issues that accompany male infertility.
Psychological and Emotional Issues
The statistics tell only part of the story about male infertility. It is much more difficult to describe the psychological and emotional impact infertility has on a couple who want to have children. Many times, conceiving a child becomes the total focus of their lives. Feelings of depression, loss, grief, inadequacy and failure are common in men as well as women seeking pregnancy.
Individuals or couples experiencing any of these feelings are encouraged to seek professional help from a counselor or psychologist experienced in dealing with infertility issues. A professional can help you deal realistically with the situation and provide support even while you are going through treatment.
At Hashmi Dawakhana, we believe in a team approach and work closely with mental health professionals who can help each couple cope with their situation in a healthy way.