Male infertility is a ‘ticking timebomb’ according to latest reports. With one in five men cited as having fertility problems, scientists now believe that there should be more focus and research on why male infertility is becoming so common.
A professor from the University of Copenhagen described the problem ‘as important as global warming’, and amongst other areas scientists are now looking into the possibility that a mother’s diet whilst pregnant can affect the future fertility of any male babies she has.
Indeed, at Manchester Fertility around a third of all cases we treat are due to issues with the male partner – whether it’s because of low sperm count, poor sperm quality, motility or simply not producing any viable sperm at all.
There is a need to do more research into male infertility, but we’ve come a long way since IVF was in its infancy. There are now many treatments available at Manchester Fertility to those diagnosed with male fertility issues.
These include intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) where a single healthy and good quality sperm in directly injected into an egg, and even surgical sperm extraction, where we can collect sperm from male patients who have no sperm in their sample, caused through problems such as blockages in the tubes, or no sperm being produced in the testicles themselves.
So if you’re worried about male fertility, then visit your GP. They will conduct a series of tests to determine what the problem may be. You can then request a referral to Manchester Fertility. Click here to download a referral request letter you can give to your GP.
If you’re going through the NHS, although Manchester Fertility is a private fertility clinic, you can request your NHS funding to be transferred to us via your local Primary Care Trust. For more information about this, visit www.infertilitynetworkuk.com/fundingforfertility.