As a trusted fertility specialist renowned for his contributions to his field, Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs offers acomprehensive range of infertility treatment options, including treatment for low sperm count, at our Chicago, IL fertility clinic. Dr. Jacobs first meets with patients to provide expert diagnosis of their infertility, which may be caused by multiple factors, including both male and female factors. In some cases, a single definitive cause of infertility cannot be pinpointed.
However, when male factor infertility is diagnosed, low sperm count is often at least one of the contributing causes. Dr. Jacobs offers his patients several options for the treatment of low sperm count, each of which he can explain during a confidential, one-on-one consultation with you and your partner.
If you have been trying without success to conceive and would like to schedule a fertility evaluation with one of the most highly esteemed infertility specialists in the nation, we encourage you to get in touch with Fertility Centers of Illinois / Laurence A. Jacobs M.D. today.
HOW DOES LOW SPERM COUNT AFFECT FERTILITY?
Low sperm count does not completely eliminate the chances of successful pregnancy, which would be the case if there were no sperm present in the semen; however, it does lower the odds, especially if there are other infertility factors at play. Symptoms of low sperm count include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lowered libido
- Pain in the testicle
- The loss of facial or body hair
Of course, the primary symptom is the failure to achieve pregnancy after several months of trying.
DIAGNOSIS OF LOW SPERM COUNT
When couples entrust Dr. Jacobs with their fertility treatment, he conducts state-of-the-art diagnostic tests on both the male and the female partners. Often, multiple infertility factors can be identified through these tests. By identifying as many of these factors as possible, Dr. Jacobs helps to increase the chances of successful fertility treatment.
The gold standard for diagnosing low sperm count is semen analysis. To ensure accurate results, we collect one or more samples from the male partner, who ejaculates into a special container via masturbation. A semen sample should contain at least 15 million sperm per millimeter of semen. Any number lower than this would indicate a fertility problem.
HOW IS LOW SPERM COUNT TREATED?
If Dr. Jacobs diagnoses low sperm count, or other sperm abnormalities involving movement (motility) or structure (morphology), he may first recommend lifestyle changes, specific sperm vitamins and other conservative modifications. Depending on the severity, he may have the man see a reproductive urologist (an andrologist). Hormone therapy, medications and even surgery can often produce good results. If treatments for low sperm count do not result in conception, most of our patients choose to attempt pregnancy through either IVF or IUI. Both of these fertility treatments involve the collection of sperm from a man’s semen and subsequent union of the sperm with the egg.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TREATMENT FOR LOW SPERM COUNT
If you would like to learn more about treatment for low sperm count, or you wish to contact fertility specialist Laurence A. Jacobs M.D., please contact Fertility Centers of Illinois today.