These days, male infertility treatment in India is very common and it is a subject that has to be broached with sensitivity, since there are so many misconceptions. One of them is the idea that the treatment involves a complicated surgical procedure, which makes many men averse to sharing that they may have a problem and seeking treatment. While that is understandable, modern advances in technology have made the procedures so simple that they do not even count as surgical procedures which could be seen as scary, too cumbersome or expensive. Today’s treatments do not even involve the use of any anaesthetics that could lead to loss of time from other important activities in lengthy recovery. So many men are feeling more comfortable to open up about their infertility problems with their family or close friends and are taking the right steps. Manipal is a male infertility hospital in India which helps you make informed decisions about how to treat your infertility problem, with the help of trained practitioners. Read on to know more about these advanced treatments.
- Pharmacological therapy for treatment of male infertility
Some conditions contributing to male infertility can be treated with medication that can bought with a prescription from a pharmacy. For example, retrograde ejaculation, in which there is a backflow of sperm, may often be treated with alpha-receptor agonists. Infertility caused by immunological reasons may be treated with anti-inflammatory or steroid medications. If it is related to low levels of pituitary hormones, then drugs such as clomiphene or gonadotropins are prescribed. These drugs may interact with other medicines that you be having, which is important to discuss with your prescribing doctor.
If such medicines don’t work, then, there are assisted reproductive technologies- but don’t let this put you off. Think of it as getting a sun tan in a solarium. It’s no more technologically complicated than that. Better yet, think of it as spending a couple of hours in a spa – getting the right treatment will leave you feeling just as relaxed and free of stress.
- Intra-Uterine Insemination for Male Infertility
There is a false notion about male infertility in India – that sperm ejaculated too quickly will not be able to fertilise an egg. There is no evidence to show this to be true and this co-relation between speed of ejaculation and sperm motility in the vagina has been misleading men into thinking that their sexual performance is somehow lacking. This has been called premature ejaculation. Infact, the evidence shows that slower ejaculation without the stress of performance gives better results. If that doesn’t work, your doctor will guide you about Intrauterine Insemination for you to consider.
Usually, after sexual intercourse, a sperm will reach the egg in the ovary, providing the female has an egg and the intercourse has happened during the peak of ovulation cycle. The sperm will implant itself into the egg. But sometimes, what has been observed is that sperm motility in the vagina is compromised before it can reach the fallopian tubes to fertilise the egg in the ovary, since cervical mucus is acidic and can be hostile to the sperm. So, the procedure of Intrauterine insemination (IUI) acts as a mediator by placing the sperm directly into the uterus using a catheter. In this procedure, men are only asked to supply their sperm, in a sterile plastic bottle which is free from contamination. Therefore, with this procedure, sperm count and sperm motility is not an issue.
- Invitro-fertilization (IVF)
At our male infertility hospital, the other procedure we offer which has simplified the problem is Invitro-fertilization (IVF). Often, people think of IVF as an invasive procedure since in-vitro is poorly understood. The fertilisation takes place outside the body, in a laboratory petri dish. Here, the egg of a female partner or donor is bonded with sperm. In 2-3 days after incubation, the fertilized egg (embryo) is inserted into the uterus and normal pregnancy occurs. IVF is employed in treating male infertility or when pregnancy does not occur following attempts with above-mentioned IUI.
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
This is a variation of Invitro fertilization, this procedure has revolutionized treatment of severe male infertility in India. It has helped couples who were infertile to conceive. It involves injecting a single sperm directly into the egg with a microscopic needle and transferring the fertilised egg to the female partner’s uterus. This procedure is recommended if you have very poor semen quality or a lack of sperm in the semen caused by an obstruction. In some cases of obstruction, sperm may be surgically retrieved from the testicles or epididymis for this procedure.
- Balanced and Stress- free life
Needless to say, living a stress-free life is important to be able to boost your overall health and wellbeing since the topic of pregnancy and having children requires a lot of care and attention. So measures to eat healthy and nutritious diet rich in vitamins and protein like fresh, green and leafy vegetables and lentils, dal is important. Do things that you enjoy and be active. Talk to someone if something is bothering you and Try to get short periods of rest throughout the day and give your body enough sleep.
This information is general and does not address your individual problem, which may require treatment that could include surgery. Please consult an expert at Manipal IVF to understand which procedure is appropriate for you and how you can overcome infertility.