Fertility Testing for Men
Using advanced technology and state-of-the-art services, Houston Fertility Specialists provides accurate diagnoses for the treatment of male reproductive disorders in a timely and caring manner. Please contact us to discuss your situation and determine if any of these tests may be appropriate for you or your partner.
In nearly one-half of couples seeking care for reduced fertility, there is an abnormality in the man’s sperm. Sperm testing can be performed at our Texas Medical Center location or at any of the Houston-area Southwest Andrology Services locations. Samples can be collected in comfortable collection rooms within our offices or at home. We will give you the specific collection and handling instructions if these tests are ordered.
Anti-Sperm Antibody Testing
An Anti-Sperm Antibody test detects whether there are specific antibodies against a man’s sperm in blood, vaginal secretions, and semen. The test combines sperm particles that attach only to antibody-affected sperm. Semen can trigger an immune response in either the man’s or woman’s body, and the resulting antibodies can disable or kill sperm. If a high number of sperm antibodies come into contact with a man’s sperm, the couple’s chance of conceiving may be impaired.
Male Andrology has to do with male infertility caused by:
- Impotence – Erectile dysfunction which is said to affect as much as 10 percent of the male population
- Disturbances in Ejaculation – This may include premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, retrograde ejaculation (backwards ejaculation) or anejaculation (the absence of ejaculation)
- Male Menopause (Andropause) – Nearly 40% of men between the ages of 40 and 60 suffer from decrease in sex drive, erections that are less strong, depression, lack of energy and decrease in strength and/or endurance
- Peyronie’s Disease – Peyronie’s disease is a condition characterized by the development of fibrous plaques or nodules in the substance of the penis. It may result in loss of erection, bending or deformity of the erect organ, pain during erection and vaginal penetration difficulty.