Can male infertility be treated?
There are options available for treating some types of male infertility. Varicoceles can be repaired with surgery, although some studies suggest this doesn’t significantly affect fertility. Obstructions can also be surgically corrected. Hormonal abnormalities can often be treated, too.
There are other possible options that can be explored by couples affected by male infertility. One of these is an Assisted Reproductive Technique (ART) which boosts sperm’s ability to fertilise an egg even if the man has a very low sperm count or abnormal sperm.
The technique involves taking sperm from the testicle, either following ejaculation or with a needle, and introducing it to the woman’s egg via Intrauterine insemination (IUI), In vitro fertilisation or Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Around 40 - 50 per cent of couples who use one or more ART techniques for a period of several months will become pregnant.