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Options to boost your fertility
At UW Health’s Generations Fertility Care, we specialize in all aspects of male infertility. We provide testing to find the underlying cause of your infertility. If you and your female partner have tried to get pregnant for more than a year, you may want to consider seeing a doctor for fertility testing.
Causes and risks
What causes male infertility?
Infertility in men can be related to how your body makes sperm, or it can result from another health condition.
Conditions that can affect sperm and fertility include:
Exposure to environmental toxins, such as radiation, heavy metals or chemicals
Infections, including sexually transmitted infections
Low or no sperm count
Side effects from surgery, prostate or testicular surgery
Sperm that are misshapen or not fully grown
Sperm that cannot travel far or fast enough to fertilize an egg
Varicocele (swollen veins in your scrotum)
You can also be infertile with no known cause. Our infertility team may be able to recommend a treatment option to improve your chances of conceiving.
Risk factors for male infertility
Certain lifestyle choices and activities can affect your fertility. These include:
Chemotherapy or radiation treatments
Excessive alcohol use
Injuries to the scrotum or testicles
Overheating the testicles (for example, sitting in a hot tub or wearing tight clothing)
Tests and prevention
How we diagnose male infertility
Your doctor completes a thorough evaluation and determines the best treatment or assisted reproductive options for you.
The diagnosis process may include:
Getting a comprehensive health history
Screening for broken DNA strands in individual sperm
Preserving your fertility
We work with you to ensure your future fertility.
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You can make lifestyle changes to boost fertility, such as losing weight and stopping smoking.
Treatments and research
Medical and surgical treatment options
Your fertility team talks with you about your treatment options. We offer medical and surgical care, including:
Microsurgical varicocelectomy to repair swollen veins
Sperm extraction using:
Microscopic epididymal sperm aspiration
Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration
Testicular sperm extraction/aspiration
Transurethral resection to repair blocked ejaculatory ducts
Improving fertility care with research
Our fertility specialists study all aspects of infertility to improve care for you. We test new treatments and track success rates.
Patient and support services
We help couples build their families
Generations Fertility Care
Our infertility doctors provide specialty care at Generations Fertility Care in Middleton, Wis.