IVF Sperm Preparation Techniques

Men with infertility, especially those with a testicular cause of infertility, can try one of several techniques to give their sperm the highest chance of achieving fertilization. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are techniques in which a sperm cell is brought in direct contact with the egg to be fertilized. Not only do these techniques provide a solution for women who have fertility issues, but for men as well. To prepare a sample of sperm for IVF or ICSI, sperm must be isolated without being damaged. The technique should be rapid and inexpensive. It is also important Continue reading →

Anatomical Issues which can Cause Sperm Production Issues

When men suspect that the cause of infertility may be due not to their female partners but themselves, it necessitates investigation into the underlying cause. Anatomy plays a key role in the diagnosis of sperm production issues. Thus, a comprehensive investigation of the pertinent anatomical structures is warranted. The causes for decreased male fertility may be pre-testicular, testicular, or post-testicular in origin. Pre-testicular means there may be a problem in the hormonal balance in your body because the hypothalamus and pituitary in the brain controls testis sperm and testosterone production. Tumors of the pituitary or other nearby structures inside the Continue reading →