Posted: 23 Sep 2018
Author: Dr Jay Natalwala
In Australia, 1 in 5 couples have difficulties conceiving, leading many to seek medical advice. It is often the case that, in the absence of a clear reason for male factor infertility (e.g. a previous vasectomy), the woman will present alone for investigation. This seems to come from a widespread perception that subfertility is mostly the result of female causes.
The reality, however, is quite different. There is a male factor cause in approximately 55% of heterosexual couples who present with subfertility.
Treatment options are wide and varied and do not always begin with in-vitro fertilisation.
Male factor causes behind subfertility are common and need to be carefully assessed in couples trying to achieve a pregnancy. It is therefore important for both partners in a heterosexual couple to present for initial assessment so that the cause behind their delay in conception can be fully investigated and the best course of treatment determined.
– As seen in the West Australian