Male Fertility Clinic In Cape Town
Infertility is still often incorrectly regarded as a “women’s problem”. The truth, however, is that male infertility is not only quite common, but also on the rise. Fortunately, there are a range of advanced treatments available that can help nearly every man to have his own biological child, even in the case of severe fertility challenges.
In this article, we look at the rise of male infertility; the possible causes of thereof; the treatments available; and how to choose the right male fertility clinic to ensure the best treatment results.
The ‘male infertility crisis’ is ‘an observed increase in male infertility in recent decades’, according to Wikipedia. The term – which was originally the name of a study – has been used since the 1970s when the ‘male infertility crisis’ was first identified. Since then, there has been a steady decline of 1.4% in sperm counts with an overall decline of 52.4% over approximately 40 years, according to some studies, with a particular prevalence in Western countries in Europe and North America, as well as New Zealand and Australia.
Here at Cape Fertility, we can also confirm that male infertility is far more common than many people realise. In around 30% to 40% of the infertility cases that we work with, there is a male infertility factor involved – meaning that the cause of a couple’s infertility is due to, or partly due to, a medical problem experienced by the male partner.
The possible causes of male infertility
There are many factors that can cause male infertility.
These range from obvious reasons such as a vasectomy or a spinal cord injury to medical conditions or even medications that are affecting sexual performance and fertility.
A range of lifestyle factors and the use of steroids or testosterone are also common causes and male fertility levels can also decline due to, for example:
* a compromised immune system
* environmental factors like working with chemicals and heat.
However, a top cause of infertility in men is problems with sperm production or the quality of the sperm. In fact, male fertility is defined by the “sperm quality”, which refers to semen volume, sperm count, sperm motility (movement) and sperm morphology (shape).
You can read more about the causes, signs and symptoms of male infertility here…
What is most important to understand is that infertility is a medical disorder, which requires appropriate medical treatment.
It is also important to realise that “infertility” does not mean that you are unable to have a child, but rather that you will require medical assistance to achieve a pregnancy.
Male fertility treatments
Fortunately, whatever challenge there may be related to a man’s fertility, there are advanced treatments available.
For example, artificial insemination may be an option where the medical challenge is a slightly reduced semen analysis. Insemination involves extracting motile sperm from a sperm sample, and then placing it inside the female partner’s uterus (womb) during the most favourable time, which is during ovulation.
If there’s a severe limitation on the amount of sperm, there are other alternatives such as In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). Both are revolutionary assisted reproductive therapies that have allowed more infertile couples than ever before to experience the joy of having their own biological children. ICSI, for example, allows the sperm to actually be injected into the egg in a lab, with excellent results.
Even if there is absolutely no sperm in the sample, there are medical and surgical options available to address this. In cases where these options are not suitable, there is always the option of a sperm donation.
You can read more about male fertility treatments here…
Fortunately, today’s advanced male infertility tests allow us to pinpoint the exact medical problem that is causing infertility, and also to recommend the best treatment for it – which in turn ensures the best results.
For this reason, we offer the latest and most advanced male fertility testing at Cape Fertility. After a thorough medical review, the first male infertility test that is done is a sperm test. The semen analysis checks the volume of the sperm to determine a possible obstruction between where the sperm is produced and ejaculation. It also measures the concentration of the sperm and the pH thereof, as well as the motility of the sperm and its morphology, which refers to how the sperm looks. We might also check for antibodies that might hinder the sperm from moving normally.
These are the routine sperm tests that we do at Cape Fertility. But thanks to our advanced facilities and technology, we are also able to do more advanced male infertility tests, when necessary. One example is DNA fragmentation, which looks at the DNA integrity of the sperm. We might recommend doing this test when the semen analysis parameters are normal, but we suspect an underlying cause of infertility. A DNA fragmentation test it is a bit more involved and it tells us how much of the sperm has intact DNA.
There is also a whole spectrum of sperm function tests that can also be done to see, for example, whether the sperm can penetrate an egg.
You can read more about male fertility tests here…
Based on the results of the tests, highly individual treatment or a combination of treatments can be recommended by our fertility experts.
How to choose a male fertility clinic
All the latest male fertility tests and treatments are used with great success at Cape Fertility in the beautiful city of Cape Town, which is definitely one of the best places on earth to receive advanced fertility treatment. Our custom-designed premises are situated in the Claremont Medical Village in Cape Town under the eaves of the picturesque Constantia Mountains and the back of Table Mountain.
Cape Fertility is not only a registered and accredited by the Southern African Society for Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG), we are also a driving force for ethical fertility treatment in South Africa. We are very proud that our chairman, Dr Sulaiman Heylen, serves as the President of SASREG.
Dr Heylen is also one of Cape Fertility Cinic’s four reproductive specialists, along with Dr Paul Le Roux, Dr Lizle Oosthuizen and Dr Nomathamsanqa Matebese – all with impressive qualifications and extensive experience. They enjoy the qualified support of a team of associated specialists, embryologists, IVF co-ordinators, theatre staff and an administration team.
We offer male fertility tests and treatments at our purpose-built clinic, with procedure rooms and a modern sophisticated laboratory adjacent to our Main Reception and Staff Offices.
We also achieve some of the best success rates in the world. Yet, we are always striving for higher success rates to ensure even more of our patients can experience the joy of have their own baby.
If you are concerned about your fertility, we would like to invite you to set up an initial consultation with one of our fertility experts at Cape Fertility. It is as simple as contacting us here…
At Cape Fertility, we value each individual patient and we look forward to providing you with individualised and personalised care, affordable quality fertility treatment, and higher success rates.