Male Infertility Treatment in Dubai with PRC
According to clinical studies, around 35% of all infertility cases is related to male fertility issues. There are many potential causes for male infertility. Luckily, treatment is available using assisted reproductive technology (ART).
What causes male infertility?
Male infertility can be divided into four main categories. These are:
- Pre-testicular causes – Problems that occur due to some form of hormone deficiency, such as a problem with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus. Men who have this type of infertility often have underdeveloped male characteristics.
- Testicular causes – These problems can be genetic, based on birth defects, or testicular compromised from physical damage or toxins.
- Sperm disorders – This includes problems with sperm transport, function, or motility.
- Sexual dysfunction – This includes erectile problems, premature ejaculation, and a decreased libido.
What medical procedures are used for male infertility treatment?
Treatment of infertility depends on the underlying cause. The options include:
- Hormone imbalance correction – Because hormone imbalances cause male reproductive issues, they can be treated using hormone replacement therapy or medications that restore body hormones.
- Erectile dysfunction medications – Many medications help with achieving and maintaining an erection.
- Steroids for antisperm antibodies – With antisperm antibodies, the female’s immune system attacks the sperm. This is treated with 3-6 months of steroid therapy.
- Correction of sperm quality – The sperm can be washed and concentrated for intrauterine insemination, so only the healthiest, hardiest sperm are used.
What surgeries can help treat male infertility?
Surgery is used to correct or repair structural problems of the male reproductive tract. This involves fixing blockages present at birth or related to surgery or injury. Surgery is also done to reverse a vasectomy. Another procedure involves aspiration or biopsy, where sperm can be directly taken from a testicle, vas deferens, or epididymis.
What forms of assisted reproductive technology (ART) are used to treat male infertility?
When sperm count is low, or the sperm are not as motile as they should be, artificial insemination can be used. Also called intrauterine insemination (IUI), this is a procedure where concentrated sperm are inserted into the woman’s uterus. Another option is in vitro fertilization (IVF), where the sperm and eggs are combined in a laboratory dish, and the resulting embryo is placed back into the woman’s uterus.
What risks are associated with male infertility treatments?
The risks depend on what treatment is used. These include:
- Medical – Long-term use of steroids can lead to weight gain, a risk for infection, and irritability. Erectile dysfunction medications are known to cause headaches, facial flushing, and dizziness.
- Surgical – Most male infertility surgical procedures are minimally invasive. However, there are a few risks to consider, such as infection, bleeding, organ/structure damage, and allergic reaction to medications and solutions used.
- ART – The main risk with in vitro fertilization is multiple births (triplets, quads, etc), where sperm fertilizes more than one egg.
How much does male infertility treatment cost?
The cost of treatment varies, depending on what all is involved. For medication only, the cost could range from $50 to $250. When surgical reversal of a vasectomy is required, the cost could be as high as $6,000. For couples who require in vitro fertilization, the cost varies, but ranges from $10,000 to $15,000.