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How Likely Is My Husband Infertile
Yes: There is a decline in sperm number and function as a man gets older. However, there are usually some sperm present throughout a man's life. There are higher rates of birth defects also after age 50. A swedish population study showed a young woman married to a young man has a higher chance for conception than a young woman married to an older man. ...Read more
Get a Semen Analysis: If you're trying to conceive without success, your husband needs a semen analysis; we find sperm problems 40-50% of the time, ranging from mild to severe problems. A fertility clinic or urologist is best; we look at both sperm numbers and quality. About half the time the sperm issue is the only problem, and the other half have male and female factors together, like blocked tubes or low egg supply. ...Read more
Professionalism: The first visit varies by physician but will be professional. Men seem to worry more than women about these visits. We need to determine the likely causes of infertility with history. Exam timing depends on the situation. Men should get an examination at some point. They will need a semen analysis. Other tests and consults depend on the findings. We will be sensitive and professional with him. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've been diagnosed with a vericocele and I saw via a google search that infertility is a possible outcome. Obviously I am concerned about this. How likely is this outcome in young patients with a vericocele?
Possible infertility: The data on varicocele is variable. Large, painful varicoceles that cause testicular atrophy should be repaired by a qualified urologist. However, small varicoceles are relatively common and the association between a small varicocele and infertility is uncertain. You and your partner should be evaluated carefully by a reputable reproductive endocrinologist before considering surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drinking: infertile?: Alcohol consumption in moderation (one or two drinks a night) does not affect fertility in women or men. Heavy alcohol ingestion can affect a couple's energy and appetite for sexual activity, so in that sense it can affect "fertility". If you are attempting to conceive, have your partner checked for his sperm count by his healthcare provider. ...Read more
Yes. Not a good idea: We can't make your husband do a test he doesn't want to but it's a bad idea to 'skip' testing for him. In couples who aren't getting pregnant after trying for a year or longer, almost half the time there is a sperm issue (40-50%). It could be the only problem or occur along with problems on the woman's side. A semen analysis is a good test to do early on. Most clinics can let him collect at home. ...Read more
I had my iplanon I for 6years. I had it removed a year ago. Me and my husband have been trying to have a baby, but still nothing. Am I infertile?
Not on the Internet: I am sorry and happy to report that your question is impossible to answer on the internet. The process of conception is over a dozen physical and chemical processes in you and your partner. Each of these needs to be specifically evaluated. After failing to conceive for one year it is time for a complete evaluation of you both at the local fertility clinic. ...Read more
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