I recently had a chance to interview Dr. Jane Frederick, M.D., to learn some of the basics about male infertility.
How prevalent is male infertility?Male infertility is becoming increasingly prevalent. For many years infertility was seen as strictly a female issue. In recent years, however, experts estimate that nearly half of the infertility cases they have seen can be caused by a male factor.
What are some things men may do that inadvertently hinder their fertility?
Poor nutrition can affect a male’s sperm, it is important to have a health diet with proper nutrient consumption. The sperms mobility can be affected by the consumption of alcohol and use of tobacco products. In addition, frequent hot baths or Jacuzzi visits can have an affect on the male sperm as the rise in heat in the scrotum affects the sperm and its formation. Other factors such as weight and stress, or the use of testosterone, steroids or illicit drugs can also affect a man’s fertility.
If a couple is having difficulties conceiving, what should men know?
First and foremost, they are not alone, as fertility affects 1 in 8 couples. Men should know that a simple semen analysis can be done to see if their sperm can swim past the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes. If it is discovered that the male factor is the cause of a couples’ infertility, there are options to help conceive, options like Artificial Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization.
Practicing in California since 1990, Dr. Jane Frederick is an internationally noted specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is the Medical Director of HRC Fertility in Orange County, where she developed a diverse clinical practice in reproductive surgery, IVF, and the genetic screening of embryos. Dr. Frederick is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility and Obstetrics/Gynecology from the University of Southern California. She has held many posts with organizations active in the advancement of reproductive medicine including the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (Past President), and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Frederick has received a variety of honors for her outstanding work in the field, and recently ranked among the top 10% in the nation from U.S. News and World Report. Follow her on Facebook.