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Male infertility refers to a male's inability to get a female pregnant (get her to conceive) after a year of having sex regularly without using birth control.
Both males and females can have fertility problems.
Infertility can be linked to more than one cause. The cause of infertility in some men is not known. This is called unexplained infertility.
The main sign of infertility in males is the inability to get a female to conceive.
To be diagnosed with infertility, both partners will have a physical exam and tell their health care providers about their medical and sexual histories. Additional tests may be done.
Treatment depends on the cause of infertility. Most cases of infertility in males are treated with medicine, surgery, or lifestyle changes.
If other treatments do not work, your health care provider may recommend assisted reproductive technology (ART). ART refers to all treatments and procedures that combine eggs and sperm outside the body to try to help a couple conceive. ART may be effective for infertility caused by sperm problems including low sperm count and low motility. Examples of ART include intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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