Infertility, the inability to conceive, affects 10 to 15 percent of couples trying to have a baby. For one third of the couples, the problem is related to male reproductive issues. Our physicians have the surgical expertise and technology to address a range of male reproduction and sexual health concerns.
Male infertility is treated at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital with a variety of procedures and surgeries:
Minor outpatient surgery (varicocelectomy) to repair dilated scrotal veins (varicoceles), correct obstructions, and reverse vasectomies.
Medication to correct retrograde ejaculation, immunologic infertility and pituitary hormone deficiency.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) sperm placed directly into the uterus via a catheter.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves mixing egg cells with sperm cells outside the body to form an embryo. Embryos are then transferred to the mother's uterus.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), injection of a single sperm directly into an egg and then, once fertilized, transferred to the partner’s uterus.
Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE), a minor outpatient surgical procedure under anesthesia that extracts sperm in men who have no sperm in their ejaculation.
Hormonal drug therapy can help hormonal imbalances in a small percentage of men.
Vasectomyreversal restores fertility by reconnecting the ends of the severed sperm duct to the epididymis where sperm matures. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia using microsurgery techniques.
You will receive a thorough diagnostic examination and receive clinically-proven treatment by a board-certified urologist who specializes in male infertility. Male infertility factors can usually be corrected in an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. While postoperative pain is often mild, postoperative recovery and follow up varies.
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital practices a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, routinely collaborating with colleagues in other medical specialties. If your urologist discovers that an underlying illness has contributed to your infertility, you will be referred to an appropriate BWFH/BWH physician for an evaluation.