Male fertility problems

Reproduction (or making a baby) is a simple and natural experience for most couples. However, for some couples it is very difficult to conceive.

Sad woman and manMale infertility is diagnosed when, after testing of both partners, reproductive problems have been found in the male partner.

Male infertility can be caused by problems that affect sperm production or the sperm transport process. With the results of medical tests, the doctor may be able to find a cause of the problem. There may be genetic causes of male infertility.

When a couple is having medical investigations for infertility, testing of the male partner will usually include semen analysis. (This test is also used to confirm a successful vasectomy.)

A male diagnosed with cancer as an adolescent or young adult should consider their options for fertility preservation as they may wish to father children in the future.

Last modified: February 20, 2015
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