Male infertility

Male infertility refers to the fact that a male reason has been found as an explanation for the difficulty in getting pregnant. 

Usually this is an abnormal sperm sample, but it can also be hormonal or genetic. In the male semen sample, one looks at the quantity, motility and shape of the sperm cells.

A semen sample is considered normal if there are more than 15 million sperm cells per milliliter, 32% of the sperm cells are moving (fast and slowly) and 4% are normally shaped (acrosome=hat, head, middle piece, tail). If a semen sample does not fulfill these criteria it is called oligo=not enough, astheno=little moving, terato=deformity.

Depending on what exactly the abnormality is, treatment will be proposed. This may be intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF/ICSI). A first step to better sperm quality is to stop smoking!

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The information above regarding fertility is general and may not apply to you. Every patient is different, so please make an appointment for individual advice.