Investigations carried out by a family doctor or a specialist clinic can provide a clear diagnosis of male infertility in most cases(although no test can predict with total accuracy).Because The sperm characteristics required for ‘normal’ fertilisation are well known, any abnormal results from a sperm test will suggest a male problem.These tests, which are carried out on a semen sample can reveal abnormalities in sperm numbers, movement and shape.
In recent years, specialist infertility clinics have also used in vitro fertilisation as a diagnostic test. Very often, healthy eggs fail to fertilise in the laboratory because of abnormal sperm function. Failed IVF therefore can provide more conclusive evidence of ‘male factor’ infertility.
You may wonder whether or not you need to see a Counsellor when you are having fertility treatment. Some people think they may be perceived negatively if they seek help, or that they have to be very depressed before talking to a Counsellor. Sometimes just being able to talk about your anxieties and feelings can help to normalise them.
Some couples choose not to tell family and friends about their treatment which means you can feel quite isolated and alone. By the time couples undertake infertility treatment they have often been through quite an emotional journey, counseling may help facilitate a smoother transition throughout your treatment.
Common reactions to infertility may include anxiety, irritability, anger, sadness, crying, depression, loss of self-esteem, isolation, guilt, anger and relationship difficulties.
Counseling can help by providing a sensitive, respectful space to explore your concerns and learn strategies that can help you manage expectations and the stressful aspects of your treatment.
We know that men and women cope very differently with their infertility.
Each partner is likely to deal with feelings in different ways, which may make it harder to support one another. Counseling can help you to recognise and understand these differences, helping to enhance communication within your relationship. Sometimes, talking about your expectations of treatment, and each other can lead to more understanding and tolerance of your partner’s position.
For many couples, making the decision to start IVF is not an easy one. It is not unusual for people to feel let down, helpless or angry with their bodies. Your motivation and senses of purpose can be challenged. Work can seem irrelevant, and slowly you may find yourself feeling consumed by the infertility treatment. Counseling can provide information and resources that will help you develop coping strategies.
The range of “counseling” available at Family Fertility Centre is as follows:
Step 1. LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Step 2. TIMING
Step 3. TESTS
Step 4. DIAGNOSIS
Step 5. TREATMENT
Whether you are a male or female partner, you may like to check the following list of lifestyle habits, which can impact your ability to conceive.
If you are having regular cycles( regardless of of the length of the cycle) , subtract 14 days from your average cycle length. So if your cycles are 28 days, you will ovulate on day 14, but if your cycles are shorter, e.g. 25 days, by subtracting 14 days, you will ovulate on day 11. It is recommended that you have intercourse three or four days prior and on the day of your ovulation day in order to maximize your likelihood of becoming pregnant.
Once the diagnostic tests have been completed, your doctor will have a clearer idea of what is causing the difficulty with conceiving and will then start treating the condition with medication, or recommend a procedure that may assist you in becoming pregnant.
Discovering the medical reason for not being able to conceive easily and beginning treatment as advised by your doctor, is the start of a new and positive phase of your life. However, it is also important to acknowledge that even with treatment, it may also take some time to become pregnant. It can be a long, frustrating and emotional process. You and your partner should prepare yourselves for this.
The treatment of female infertility can be categorized into three defined stages.
The treatment of male infertility can be
Assisted reproductive treatments (ART) are medical procedures used primarily to address infertility.
The cause of infertility may be associated with (male and female or both), depending upon the cause , following types of treatments can be suggested,
Ovulatory problems contributes 25% of infertility. Ovulation induction is basically the stimulation of ovulation by medication. It is usually used in the sense of stimulation of the development of ovarian follicles. It not only helps to increase the number and size of immature follicles but also trigger the oocyte release from relatively mature ovarian follicles.
Ovarian induction is also done prior to performing resistant cases of PCOS, IUI, IVF and ICSI.
Regardless of your age, see your doctor if you have not fallen pregnant within six months, if you have any of the following