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Male factor infertility accounts for 40-50% of infertility cases. That's why assessing your fertility health is important, whether you are currently trying to conceive or plan to in the future.
A male fertility review is a series of tests assessing a man's overall reproductive health. The review typically includes a semen analysis, testicular ultrasound, hormone blood tests, and health checks such as BMI and blood pressure. The combination of these tests will determine a male's fertility potential and detect any underlying medical conditions that may impact reproductive health.
A fertility review is available for men and patients assigned male at birth (so long as its prior to hormone replacement therapy) without a GP referral. Just call our team, make an appointment or book online.
We offer male fertility reviews to single patients and those in a heterosexual couple without a GP referral. You may wish to have a fertility review if:
We will perform a thorough semen analysis. This process measures parameters, such as concentration, motility and morphology, to indicate how healthy your sperm is.
Before your semen analysis test you should abstain from ejaculation for 3 to 5 days.
A testicular ultrasound is a diagnostic test that obtains images of the testicles and the surrounding tissues in the scrotum. It is a painless and non-invasive procedure to diagnose possible abnormalities in the testicles that may be impacting your fertility.
Hormone blood testing can indicate whether male patients have certain conditions that could prevent natural conception.
Hormones such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and testosterone are imperative for male reproductive health. FSH stimulates sperm production, and LH is responsible for testosterone production.
These are fasting blood tests so no food is to be consumed from midnight on the day of the bloods.
We will carry out some basic health checks, which can impact male fertility, such as BMI and blood pressure. Both low and high BMI levels can negatively affect male reproductive health by affecting hormone levels and testosterone production, which is crucial for sperm production and maturation.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can also impact male fertility, contributing to conditions relating to the production, quality and function of sperm.
When your results are ready, you will see one of our male reproductive health consultants for a 30-minute fertility consultation. They will go through your results, what the next steps will be to help you achieve pregnancy naturally or with our help if an issue is found, they will also answer any questions you may have.
It may be that simple lifestyle adjustments can help to improve your reproductive health, all of which will be discussed at your consultation.
A member of the British Fertility Society and a reviewer for the International Journal of Andrology, Steve is heavily involved in male fertility research with many published articles in this field. He also teaches and lectures medical students and other health professionals, through his certificate of Medical Education from Dundee University.
Vaibhav completed his surgical training in Manchester and Birmingham and has spent a year in one of Australia's largest teaching hospitals. He is a member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) and the Royal College of Surgeons England (RCS).
A male fertility review at Manchester Fertility will cost £666 an includes:
If you are interested in understanding the quality of your sperm only, we offer a simple semen analysis. However, please note that to provide a complete assessment of your male reproductive health, we recommend a full male fertility review.
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