Causes of male infertility include sperm blockage, inadequate sperm flow, varicocele, hormonal problems, infection, medication side effects and genetics.
Male infertility may also be caused by smoking cigarettes and/or marijuana, drinking alcohol in excess or having a partner that uses lubricant.
Yes. This includes...
When a woman has difficulty achieving pregnancy, an evaluation for that problem must involve not only her but also her husband.
When the seminal fluid parameters are abnormal, the Creighton Model FertilityCare System can help identify the time of fertility with accuracy to assist couples to achieve pregnancy.
Yes. Surgical techniques used today in vasectomy reversal offer high success rates however, it may depend on how recent the vasectomy was performed.
It’s important to make sure your surgeon has been medically trained in vasectomy reversal and performs the surgery on a regular basis.
Generally sperm are produced in an area of the body protected from the immune system. During a scrotal procedure like a vasectomy, some men can develop anti-sperm antibodies from exposure to the body’s immune system.
But only about 5 percent of men with successful vasectomy reversals who have developed anti-sperm antibodies experience fertility issues like sperm clumping.
Sperm clumping can affect the ability of the sperm to swim to the egg to fertilize it. For those men affected by anti-sperm antibodies, there are potential treatments.
No, a couple can begin trying to conceive right away.
A common misconception right after vasectomy reversal is that the sperm are old and could cause birth defects. However, new sperm are constantly being created and reabsorbed by the body even after a vasectomy.
There is no evidence to indicate pregnancy directly after a vasectomy reversal increases the risk of miscarriage or birth defects in children.
For an infertility consult, please contact your insurance company to check benefits prior to your visit. Once we establish care, we will reconfirm your benefit coverage.
Benefit coverage for vasectomy reversal varies by insurance carrier, so please contact them for your benefits prior to your visit.
Please bring your photo identification and insurance card.
When you call to schedule an appointment, we can help you determine if a referral from your primary care provider or the specialist is needed.
While OSF HealthCare provides the collection device for the seminal fluid, we do not provide the seminal fluid analysis at this time.
Your provider will direct you to bring it to the nearest location along with some other important information about transporting the specimen.