Infertility problems affect both men and women equally. There are lots of male related factors that can prevent pregnancy from occurring. Certain diseases can be tackled with specific treatments but in other cases the couple must seek sperm donation. Who is it for? Couples that are affected by sterility: absence of or low sperm count, total or almost total sperm immobility, abnormalities in all or almost all male gametes. Couples that are carriers of genetic disorders with a high probability … Continue reading Sperm Donation in Spain
For some time now we have been read numerous studies about how antioxidants can help fertility, both male and female. One of the most relevant studies in this field, published by the prestigious journal Fertility and Sterility and directed by the research scientist Dr Jaime Mendiola, concludes that taking antioxidants is beneficial for fertility as it delays and prevents molecular oxidisation. How do antioxidants affect male fertility? One of the main causes of male infertility is damage to sperm by … Continue reading Antioxidants for boosting fertility
Following a recent study conducted in the United States, there is new hope for a cure to male infertility Following the publication of her report, Dr Melissa Miller, the director of the project implemented by the University of California in the United States, explained that “fertilisation is like a team sport, in which the first player crosses the line of defence -in this case the egg’s cellular protective layer- while a second player takes advantage of the gap in the … Continue reading Male infertility: has a cure been found?
A recent article published by the American Society of Andrology reveals that ageing has a negative impact on sperm quality and motility. The drop in quality does not just affect the chances of conceiving but can also give rise to other symptoms, which include erectile dysfunction, testicular pain, vocal changes, infection of sexual organs and decreased muscular tissue, according to the clinical guide on male infertility by the European Urology Association. Ageing in all its aspects is impossible to curtail, … Continue reading Vitamin C improves sperm quality
Varicocele can affect fertility, and surgery and reproduction techniques can be used as effective means of treatment. Varicocele is one of the most common problems worldwide affecting the male reproductive system. Although it is almost always diagnosed in adult males, in reality the problem starts in childhood. Varicocele consists of inflammation in the veins inside the scrotum. This occurs when the valves inside the veins stop blood from flowing normally, which causes the veins to dilate, leading to inflammation. … Continue reading Varicocele and fertility
Demanding physical work, high blood pressure or taking pharmaceutical drugs can negatively affect male fertility, reveals a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health and University of Stanford, California. The study, which used a sample of more than 500 couples who were trying to conceive and who had been having sexual relations without using contraception for over a year, has revealed significant findings about male fertility. The men were required to provide extensive information on their health records, jobs … Continue reading What do we know about male infertility?
In a previous post we talked about some of the tests performed in the andrology laboratory to screen sperm prior to receiving fertility treatment. Evidence suggests that increased DNA fragmentation in sperm can negatively effect embryo quality, particularly from day 3 of embryo development, or after embryos have been transferred to the womb. DNA fragmentation test: The DNA fragmentation test aims to pinpoint possible breaks in genetic material contained in sperm. It is a specialist test that is not performed … Continue reading The importance of DNA quality in sperm and its influence on embryo development
This method has many benefits although only a handful of centres still currently use it. For over twenty-five years, magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS) has been used for treatment when the male factor has a big impact. The method enables the best sperm to be selected, thus increasing the chances of fertilisation. For severe male factor infertility, sperm quality can affect the treatment’s success rate as it affects the development of the fertilisation process in its early hours. In the 1990s, … Continue reading Techniques used in andrology laboratories: MACS
Sperm analysis Sperm analysis is the most comprehensive test available to assess sperm quality. It can be used to ascertain the ejaculate volume, sperm count per millilitre, morphology, motility, vitality and the presence of binders. Sperm analysis can be used in conjunction with other more specific tests, such as motile sperm count or a sperm survival test. Sperm analysis enables certain pathologies to be diagnosed, such as: – Oligospermia: less than 15 million sperm in semen sample – Asthenospermia: less … Continue reading Sperm analysis
Alejandro Ruiz-Ayúcar, a lab technician, tells us how to interpret a semen analysis. Although all biologists at ProcreaTec perform semen analyses, Ruiz-Ayúcar has the most expertise in this area. We asked how to interpret a semen analysis and he gave us the following information: