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Fertility Treatment for Low Sperm Count

By Vicken Sahakian, M.D. on August 17, 2017

SpermAt Pacific Fertility Center, we understand the wide range of emotions couples go through when they attempt to conceive, only to be repeatedly met with negative pregnancy tests. Most people experience feelings of heartbreak, frustration, and even shame. However, we want those facing infertility to realize that they are not alone. Although many people are reluctant to share their struggles with infertility, this is a condition that affects millions of Americans.

Fortunately, there are many fertility treatment options that can make pregnancy a possibility. Male infertility treatment addresses issues such as low sperm count and poor sperm motility. Those who are interested in learning more about the various treatments for low sperm count at our Los Angeles, CA fertility center should contact us at their earliest convenience.

Treatment Options

Successful conception is dependent on a variety of factors. In short, a healthy sperm must travel to a mature egg and fertilize it. If a male has low sperm count, there are far fewer sperms able to attempt that journey, so the odds of pregnancy decrease significantly.

There are many fertility treatments that address low sperm count to assist in the conception process. At our fertility practice, we take into account the unique situation of each patient to determine which treatment method may be most appropriate.

Below are some of the most common options for men with low sperm count:

  • IVF with ICSI: IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is one of the most popular forms of fertility treatment. This multi-step procedure stimulates ovulation so that mature eggs can be collected from the female partner (or an egg donor). Those eggs are fertilized in a lab and the healthiest embryo(s) are then transferred into the woman’s uterus. IVF has a high rate of success, but by combining IVF with ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, we can increase the success rate even further for men with low sperm count. ICSI involves collecting a sperm sample and cleansing it to isolate the strongest, healthiest sperm. Then a single sperm is collected and injected directly into the egg for fertilization. IVF with ICSI is often the best treatment option for men with low sperm count.
  • Hormonal treatment: If a male patient has low levels of the pituitary hormones that stimulate sperm production, we may attempt hormonal treatment before considering more invasive options (such as IVF with ICSI). Similar to female hormonal treatment, this involves the use of injectable hormones. By providing males with hormones such as Pergonal or Humagon, we may be able to increase sperm count so that patients can conceive naturally.
  • Antibiotic treatment: In rare cases, low sperm count is a transient condition that is the result of an infection. If we diagnose this as the cause of low sperm count, we can offer antibiotic treatment to eliminate the infection and increase sperm production.
  • Surgery: It is rare to treat low sperm count with surgery. However, if the circumstances require it, surgical treatment is an option for male patients with low sperm count.

Contact Us

The first step to treating infertility is finding out what is likely causing it. If you have been unsuccessful in your attempts to conceive, it is time to work with the experienced team of doctors at Pacific Fertility Center. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our comprehensive fertility services, including diagnostic testing and treatment.

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