Understanding Male Infertility

| Posted On Jul 30, 2013 | By:

coupleAlthough having a problem conceiving can feel very isolating, fertility issues are common.  About one in six couples are unable to conceive after one year of trying.  About 30% of the time, a problem with the male partner’s fertility is the single contributing factor to the couple’s inability to conceive.

The good news is that many of these conditions are potentially reversible or respond well to treatment options.  If the problem is not reversible, assisted reproductive techniques such as sperm retrieval in combination with in vitro fertilization (IVF), sperm injection (ICSI), or intrauterine inseminations (IUI) are possible options.

A couple attempting to conceive should have an evaluation if they are unable to get pregnant within one year of regular unprotected intercourse or if there is suspected history of reduced fertility in either partner.  The male partner should be evaluated by a urologist with expertise in male infertility, and the evaluation should include a complete reproductive/medical history, physical examination, and at least two semen analyses. Based on the results of the evaluation, the urologist may recommend other tests followed by treatment(s).

A good understanding of these tests and treatments can reduce a couple’s anxiety: let us take a look at what they entail.


There are several effective treatment options for men with infertility.  Hormonal abnormalities can often be treated with medications for prolactin-producing tumors of the pituitary gland, thyroid imbalances, or low testosterone conditions.


Obasiolu_CharlesDr. Charles Obasiolu is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.  Dr. Obasiolu received his medical degree from the University of Utah College of Medicine. He completed his residency and internship at Hutzell Hospital – Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals in Detroit, Michigan and completed his fellowship at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago.

Prior to joining Harvard Vanguard, Dr. Obasiolu was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His areas of clinical interest include assisted reproductive technologies, polycystic ovarian syndrome and minimally invasive pelvic surgery. He also publishes and lectures on many of these topics.

Dr. Obasiolu is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Endocrine Society and New England Fertility Society. Dr. Obasiolu is the Chief of the Department of Fertility and Reproductive Health at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.


Lazarou_StephenDr. Stephen Lazarou is a board-certified urologist and a Clinical Instructor of Urology at Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship in male infertility and sexual medicine (andrology) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology.

Dr. Lazarou specializes in the full range of evaluations and treatments of male reproductive issues with an emphasis on fertility preservation for cancer patients, treatment of severe male factor infertility, treatment of men with clinical hypogonadism (symptoms of low testosterone), as well as sexual dysfunction. He is trained in advanced microsurgery of the male reproductive system.

He has also lectured nationally and internationally on various topics in male reproductive and sexual medicine before medical and patient groups.

Dr. Lazarou is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Urological Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, The New England Fertility Society, The Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, and The Sexual Medicine Society. He has written numerous medical articles and recently co-authored a book chapter on the effect of advancing age on male reproduction.

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    Comment by Eric @ Intrauterine Insemination Las Vegas on August 15, 2013 at 7:50 am
  2. Interesting topic, infertility can occur in women and men. It’s amazing how little we talk about men fertility problems. Thanks for sharing this!

    Comment by Fernando on October 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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