Male Infertility

While many couples have reasonable expectations and hopes of a successful pregnancy, 1 In 6 Australian couples experience difficulty falling pregnant.

Age and Infertility

After a woman’s age, clinical studies show that male infertility is the single biggest factor affecting a couple’s chance of conceiving. Age, weight, lifestyle and medical conditions can all affect fertility. The good news is that the most common causes of male infertility are easily diagnosed, and most can be treated.

Age is a factor that impacts on fertility for both men and women. Although not as significant as the decline in egg quality experienced by women, the quality of a man’s sperm also declines with age. In men, the number and quality of sperm may decline with age, particularly if there are co-existing health or lifestyle problems.

Lifestyle Factors That Can Affect Fertility

Weight
Research suggests that obesity may negatively affect sperm quality, reducing both sperm count and movement.

Smoking
Men who smoke cigarettes are more likely to have low sperm counts. Smoking can also decrease sperm movement and cause sperm to be malformed. If you smoke, our doctors can help you quit today.

Alcohol
Heavy drinking can reduce the quality and quantity of sperm.

Drugs
Drug use, including steroids, can decrease sperm movement and cause sperm to be malformed.

Medical Conditions That Can Affect Fertility

Sperm DisordersM
Problems with the production and maturation of sperm are the most common causes of male infertility. Sperm may be immature, abnormally shaped (poor morphology), or unable to move properly (poor motility). Normal sperm may also be produced in abnormally low numbers (oligospermia) or seemingly not at all (azoospermia). In rare cases (among men who have undergone vasectomy reversals), the immune system can develop antibodies to the sperm, potentially harming them as they are produced.

Dilated Veins Around TesticleM
This condition, known as varicocele, increases the temperature in the scrotum, which can result in fewer sperm being produced as well as malformed or malfunctioning sperm.

Damaged Sperm Ducts
Blockage or scarring in the sperm ducts (or vas deferens) prevents the sperm from reaching the seminal fluid.

Hormone Deficiency
Insufficient release of hormones that stimulate sperm production can reduce the number of sperm.

Impotence
Difficulty obtaining or maintaining an erection can result in the male being unable to ejaculate inside the vagina.

Incidental Causes
Damage caused by major abdominal disease, surgery, therapy (such as chemotherapy), tumours, drug exposure, or physical trauma can affect fertility.

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Locations

We’ve brought together professional, experienced and supportive teams with many years of combined fertility experience to our state of the art facilities in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

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CBD, Sydney

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Oxley, Brisbane

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Craigie, Perth

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Locations

We’ve brought together professional, experienced and supportive teams with many years of combined fertility experience to our state of the art facilities in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.