Drugs & Treatments
Until recently, couples that were dealing with male factor infertility had very few choices in terms of treatment. However, thanks to the development of ICSI in 1992, almost any man who is dealing with infertility has the option to father a biological child. Even if sperm fails to be present in the ejaculate, ICSI can be used in combination with surgical sperm retrieval methods in order to obtain sperm.
Yet, not all men will need to use ICSI in order to achieve pregnancy with their partner. Men who have been diagnosed with structural issues can likely have the problem corrected through surgery. A vasectomy reversal can help restore fertility to men who have had a vasectomy.
Yet, not all male fertility problems require surigical solutions. If tests have shown an infection or hormonal imbalance to be the cause of infertility, then often medications can help rid the body of the infectious virus or restore balance to the hormonal system. Men who are unable to ejaculate due to neurological dysfunction may want to investigate electroejaculation treatment. Varicocele, which affects as much as 40% of men with fertility problems, can be treated by both surgical and non-surgical methods.
Of course, no matter what treatment venue you pursue, the cost is likely to be an issue for both you and your partner. Considering Costs can help give you some insight into which treatment may be best for you.