Male fertility check-up

The origin of infertility: male and female

Numerous causes can be examined when a couple has encountered fertility problems.

The semen is examined under a microscope

Sperm analysis is one of the first fertility tests prescribed for a couple that is wondering about their ability to conceive. Semen analysis evaluates a semen sample under a microscope to measure, among other things, sperm concentration, motility and morphology. Semen is collected by masturbation in a sterile container and is analyzed within one hour after sample production.

At Fertilys, unlike other fertility clinics, basic semen analysis includes a detailed molecular evaluation of sperm DNA integrity. These in-depth analyses allow us to make a proper diagnosis and better advise you for the rest of the treatment.

If the results of the initial sperm analysis are abnormal, it is common to repeat the test 1 to 3 months later.

In general, a physical exam is also performed. During this exam, special attention is paid to the reproductive organs and to the secondary sexual characteristics such as the amount of hair, breast development and overall stature. A medical history questionnaire is also filled out.

Additional tests

In the event the second analysis is abnormal, additional tests may be prescribed:

  • Blood tests to evaluate the levels of certain hormones (FSH, LH, testosterone, prolactin, TSH and estradiol)
  • Genetic tests :
    • To examine the chromosomes (karyotype)
    • To identify chromosome Y microdeletion(s)
  • Testicular and scrotal ultrasound(s)
  • Screening for the presence of sperm in the urine

The test results from your fertility check-up may lead you to anxiety, shame, anger or sadness. If you have the suspicion that you are overwhelmed by such feelings, don’t hesitate to ask our psychologist for help.

Infertility is a common medical condition which shouldn't make you question your virility.

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