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Male Factor Infertility

Contrary to popular belief, infertility affects men and women equally. In almost 50 percent of couples, the disorder is discovered in the woman, while in another 40 percent, it is found in the male partner. In 20 percent of cases, there are combinations of problems between both parties. Infertility attributed to the male partner is called “male factor infertility.”

CAP-SCORE SPERM FUNCTION TEST! 

Have you been diagnosed with unexplained infertility or longing to understand why your current treatment plan isn’t making your dream of parenthood come true? Contact us at 215-887-2010 and ask for the new Cap-Score Test to determine, and better analyze male factor infertility. 

The Cap-Score Test could be the one test that will address your questions and give you hope for overcoming male infertility! The Cap-Score Test is being offered at Abington Reproductive Medicine exclusively and is free for the month of March!
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The Abington Fertilix Program!


Male Infertility Specialist Dr. Steven J. Hirshberg

Abington Reproductive Medicine is closely associated with Steven J. Hirshberg, M.D., the Director of Male Infertility Services at Abington IVF and Genetics, Toll Center for Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Hirshberg, who is one of only a few fellowship-trained reproductive urologist in the Delaware Valley.  He is one of the region’s foremost experts in diagnosing and treating cases of male factor infertility.

What causes male factor infertility?

Azoospermia (complete absence of sperm) and oligospermia (few sperm cells produced) are two of the most common causes of male factor infertility. Other causes include malformed sperm cells or sperm cells that die before they reach the egg. In rare cases, male factor infertility can be attributed to a genetic disease or chromosomal abnormality.

Other reasons for male infertility include congenital absence of the vas deferens that transport sperm for ejaculation; cryptorchidism or hidden testicles, which also is congenital; varicoceles, enlarged varicose veins in the scrotum that prevent normal function; and a previous vasectomy. 

How is male factor infertility diagnosed?

After taking a careful history and physical exam, we perform a semen analysis on a specimen provided by the male partner. The specimen is evaluated by a Computer-Aided Semen Analyzer (CASA), a state-of-the-art machine that tests sperm volume, count, motility (the percentage of sperm moving), morphology (the shape of the sperm) and forward progression. The machine also can detect the presence of bacteria and calculate a patient’s white blood cell count.

When indicated, we also may test for sperm penetration, sperm-egg membrane binding and antisperm antibodies in both the male and female. A postcoital test, which measures the progress of the sperm in the female’s cervical mucus, may be ordered as well.

How is male factor infertility treated?

Treatment will depend on the nature and cause of the patient’s infertility issue and is often based on his age, overall health, medical history, medication tolerance and personal preferences. Some of the more common treatment options include artificial (intrauterine) insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), drug therapy and surgery.