Is infertility a common problem?

Fertility is sometimes misrepresented as a women’s health issue when in fact 1 out of 3 cases of infertility lies with the male partner. Many men put off getting tested out of fear or embarrassment, but it important to know that there are many underlying medical conditions that might be contributing to the problem and should be discussed with a doctor.

Getting Tested for Infertility

After a physical exam, your doctor will order a semen test, which will check the quality and quantity of the sperm. If the test comes back normal, sometimes a second test will be done to confirm. If something looks irregular, further tests may be ordered to pinpoint the problem.

Possible Reasons for Male Infertility

  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Blockages, birth defects, or physical damage to the testicles
  • Retrograde ejaculation
  • Genetic diseases
  • Autoimmune problems
  • Hormonal problems
  • Sexual problems such as ED or Premature Ejaculation
  • Varicoceles

Other causes may be:

  • Excessive exercise
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
  • Exposure to toxins and environmental hazards
  • Heat


Depending on the cause of your infertility there are many different forms of treatment that could be needed. Sometimes your doctor may recommend a behavioral or lifestyle change, other times drug therapy is the answer. Although, if a mechanical repair is needed or if there’s an obstruction, then surgery might be your best option.

Whatever the cause, Philadelphia Urology Associates has skilled urologists experienced in resolving infertility issues.

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