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Male Fertility Testing – Semen Analysis – Hormone & Genetic Testing – Frisco, TX*

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Overview

Male fertility testing at the Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine centers on 2 primary factors: sperm abnormalities and impaired sperm delivery. Our job in our Frisco, McKinney, or Dallas, TX Fertility Clinic is to help you find answers to your unexplained infertility. Male fertility tests usually start with semen analysis to look at count and movement of sperm in the ejaculate. Further testing is ordered if the initial semen analysis is abnormal. Many factors can affect male infertility. While male factor infertility is not as common as female factor infertility, 40 percent of infertility cases have male infertility factors involved.

Infertility is most commonly diagnosed after a couple has actively tried to get pregnant for 12 months or more (having intercourse regularly and without contraception). In most cases, there are no physical signs of male infertility and fertility testing is needed. Some men may choose to get fertility testing sooner if they have one of the following known medical issues that could affect their fertility:

  • Testicular trauma
  • Erectile dysfunction, which can be caused by a spinal, emotional or psychological condition
  • Prior urinary tract surgery
  • Previous cancer treatments
  • History of mumps infection

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Semen Analysis

Male fertility testing will require a semen analysis. This test will provide detailed information about sperm quantity, the number of sperm that have good structure and shape (morphology), quality and motility (movement). Sometimes, more than one semen analysis is needed, as sperm levels vary from one test to the next and presence of issues such as an infection can skew the results. FIRM offers semen analysis and sperm cryopreservation by appointment with same-day results through their CLIA-certified Andrology Laboratory. Semen analysis is offered seven days per week, including holidays.

Genetic Testing

An extremely low concentration of sperm revealed in a semen analysis can indicate a genetic cause. Genetic abnormalities can be a cause of a low sperm count and/or weak sperm.

Blood Hormone Analysis

Male hormones such as testosterone are crucial for sexual development and sperm production. A blood hormone analysis is often done to check hormone levels.

Scrotal Ultrasound

A scrotal ultrasound can reveal structural or blockage issues in the testicles. A transrectal ultrasound examines the ejaculatory ducts and vesicles that carry semen.

Post-Ejaculatory Urinalysis

In addition to semen analysis, post-ejaculatory urinalysis tests for sperm in the male’s urine, which may indicate retrograde ejaculation.

Special Examinations

For more complex testing for impaired sperm delivery, we offer special examinations and diagnostic tests to evaluate the cause or condition, such as:

  • Blockage in the vas deferens that prevents sperm from being in the semen, which is caused by a vasectomy or by natural causes.
  • Retrograde ejaculation (sometimes called "dry ejaculation"), occurs when semen is ejaculated into the man’s bladder rather than emerging through the penis.
  • Erectile dysfunction or any difficulty achieving and/or keeping an erection through ejaculation during sexual intercourse.
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With male infertility often having no symptoms, testing is necessary for how to treat your unexplained infertility. Our male fertility tests are performed in the comfort and convenience of our offices in McKinney, Dallas, and Frisco, TX. If you would like to learn more about your reproductive health, please call and schedule an appointment.

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