From Our Health Magazine
Couples striving to become parents look for any explanation as to why pregnancy doesn’t occur. Standard medical practice requests a couple to try getting pregnant for at least a year by having regular, unprotected sex. Even that length of time can tax a happy couple who, as Dr. Dennis Garvin of Urologic Surgery in Salem says, have their identity wrapped up in being parents. As a first step in fertility assistance, primary care doctors routinely ask the male partner to be tested for infertility issues like low sperm count, Dr. Garvin said. While both partners may receive treatment to boost fertility, and some couples require assisted fertilization to become pregnant, identifying and treating a possible cause of low sperm count is an important, and relatively simple, first step toward becoming parents.
“Most people who are unable to have a child and are even pursuing fertility assistance, they are committed to the idea of becoming a parent,” Dr. Garvin said. Any disruption in that pursuit causes emotional strain and difficulty for the couple. Men have a hard time coping with the fact that they may be unable to impregnate their partner without assistance, according to the local urologist, and some male patients think being diagnosed with a low sperm count speaks against their manhood. Dr. Garvin said he tells men that there are many factors in a semen analysis and many causes of low sperm count or poor sperm performance. Treatment options are usually simple and minimally invasive. Men with fertility issues are most likely able to father children, even if getting their partner pregnant requires more intense fertility assistance.