With the advancements in medical technology, it is now possible to treat the condition of male infertility. At Uropartners, our doctors work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that helps you move toward your goal of conception. Our experts use the latest techniques to diagnose the cause and rule out other underlying conditions that can lead to infertility.
At Uropartners, we evaluate and treat conditions involving male infertility and sexual function.
With Specialists at Uropartners, becoming a parent is no longer a distant dream. All your infertility issues will be handled within the most professional manner so that you get positive results. We help you achieve your goals and fulfill your hopes and dreams of having a complete family.
Male fertility may be impaired by a number of factors. These include:
- Sperm production problems: The quality and quantity of sperm are the key factors for male fertility. Any defect such as immature sperm or low sperm count (oligospermia) can lead to infertility.
- Azoospermia: the absence of sperm in the seminal fluid
- Hypogonadism: failure of the testes to produce adequate levels of testosterone
- Varicoceles: swelling of the veins that supply the testicle
- Backward ejaculation of the sperm
- Blockage of the sperm carrying ducts
- Development of sperm antibodies (auto-immune disorder)
- Hormonal/stress problems
- Infections/tumors of the male reproductive system
- Genetics (chromosomal disorders)
- Sexual problems
- Use of certain medications such as steroids
- Excessive radiation exposure affects sperm production.
- Work-related causes (example: laptop use elevates the temperature of the testes leading to low sperm production)
- Smoking and alcohol abuse
Your doctor will make the diagnosis of male infertility based on the following:
- Medical history
- Complete physical examination
- Semen analysis: This is a laboratory test carried out to assess the sperm count and quality. The test sample is obtained by ejaculating into a sterile bottle.
- Transrectal ultrasound of the prostate: It is an investigation carried out to evaluate the prostate gland and detect any obstruction of the ducts that transport the sperm.
- Scrotal ultrasound: This is an imaging test to diagnose abnormalities of the scrotum or testicles.
- Testicular biopsy: A small piece of tissue is removed from the testicle using a sterile needle and sent for evaluation under a microscope to help determine the cause of infertility.
- Anti-sperm antibody tests to trace the antibodies that attack sperm.
- Surgery: Surgery is indicated in cases of varicocele and obstruction of the sperm duct to improve the sperm motion.
- Medications: Antibiotics are prescribed to treat infections of the reproductive system.
- Treatment for sexual problems: Counseling about sex and relationships can help boost fertility levels.
- Male hormone replacement therapy may be used to treat hormonal deficiency.
- Assisted reproductive technology (ART): These are revolutionary treatment procedures that help couples with infertility problems to conceive. Some of them include in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) methods.
- Lifestyle modification: These include changing habits such as not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and using stress reduction techniques.
Am I a Candidate
Male infertility factors are identified in 50% of couples with difficulty conceiving. Male infertility is a common reproductive problem affecting men. It is a condition where the male in the relationship affects the ability of the woman to become pregnant. When couples are not able to conceive even after having unprotected sex over a long period of time, it is important for both partners to be checked by their physician. Various factors, such as anxiety, depression, aging, hormonal imbalance, consumption of excessive alcohol, smoking, certain medication, and underlying disease conditions may affect the reproduction of men.
If you have been unable to conceive after a year of unprotected sexual intercourse, talk with your doctor about fertility evaluations.
At Uropartners, we offer a full range of diagnosis and treatment.
Ronald D Lee, MD FACS
Dr. Lee received his undergraduate degree with honors, from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. He completed his medical degree at Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Lee completed his residencies in surgery and urology at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was a fellow in male infertility at Baylor University in Houston, Texas, from 1983 to 1984. Dr. Lee is an assistant clinical professor of urology at Stritch, Loyola School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
William Lin, MD
Dr. Lin received his medical training at Northwestern University Medical School after spending four years in art studies at Williams College in Massachusetts as an Art Major. He continued his training with the prestigious Baylor Urology program at the Texas Medical Center. While there, he met Dr. Larry Lipschultz, one of the pioneers in the field of male infertility. Dr. Lipschultz’ mentoring proved to be instrumental in his decision to go into the field of male reproductive medicine and surgery. He stayed on at Baylor for a fellowship with Dr. Lipschultz. After completing his fellowship, he moved back to Chicago to be on staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as an assistant professor in clinical urology at Northwestern University Medical School as well as a Clinical Associate with the University of Chicago Department of Surgery.
Dr. Lin is highly prolific in research, specifically looking at the genomic stability of men with fertility issues. He has continued his research, focusing now on the impact of varicoceles on men’s health issues beyond the realm of male infertility.