Preparing for Your Visit with an Infertility Specialist
You’ve been trying most of your adult life to not get
someone pregnant. But now you really want rug rats…and it isn’t happening. The
look on her face when her period comes every month is something you dread as
much as she does. It’s time to get your fertility checked. Yes, men have infertility
The Facts of the Case
You have no reason to think that you could be part of the
problem, but you might be. Here are the simple facts that you should think
about in advance of a visit:
- You Matter. Like much in life, it takes two to
tango. A male factor is solely responsible for infertility in 30% of
cases and a part of the problem in 50%. Indeed, you are a suspect.
- Your Health Matters. It’s now clear that a man’s
fertility potential is a reflection or “biomarker” of
his overall health. That means that you could learn something that you don’t
know about your health with this evaluation.
- Your Past Matters. You bring to the table of
your relationship your entire sexual history. And that includes good things
like being fit and trim, and bad things like sexually transmitted diseases,
drugs and anabolic steroids.
- What You Do Matters. Many things that impair
male fertility are reversible, including hot baths, pot and tobacco use, and
medications. So, you can actually be part of the solution.
A Visit Like No Other
You might be fearing this doctor visit but you shouldn’t. It
doesn’t hurt and, in my practice, it’s a single consultation. But do come
prepared to be honest about your health and lifestyle, as that can really help speed
up solutions. You’ll have to drop trou and have your jewels examined for things
In addition to the history and exam, often two semen
samples and a hormone panel are needed to make a definitive statement
about your fertility. And, if you’ve already had any of these tests done, bring
them in for review. That’s usually it!
Here’s the good news. Getting yourself checked out is a lot
faster and cheaper than to have your partner get evaluated. And, most of the
time a diagnosis is made, even if it means that you’re
“cleared” and need nothing more. I know that you may not want to face
the music but do it for her!
This article first appeared on Dr.