It is estimated that approximately 15% of couples will struggle with infertility. Of those couples, up to 50-60% will have at least a contributing male factor. The causes of male infertility are diverse, and can range from anatomical issues, to genetic mutations, to hormonal insufficiencies. For example, one of the most common causes of infertility are varicoceles, which can be found in 40% of men struggling with infertility and are correctable with an operation. Additionally, 10-15% of male partners of infertile couples will be found to have sperm counts of 0, a condition known as azoospermia. This may be caused by a host of conditions, including but not limited to genetic mutations, obstruction, or medications such as testosterone or chemotherapy
Dr. Luke Machen, a fellowship trained expert in male infertility and men’s health with Austin Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, recently authored a textbook chapter on causes of infertility in Male Infertility: Contemporary Clinical Approaches, Andrology, ART and Antioxidants. Dr Machen states, “there are many, many potential causes of infertility. Fortunately, the majority are either treatable or preventable. For this reason, it’s extremely important to have a physician that understands the etiologies of male infertility.”
Dr. Machen sees patients daily at our Round Rock location. Call today to schedule a consultation.