Male Infertility Treatments
About half of infertile couples have some contribution of male factor infertility. At InVia Fertility, we believe in a team approach to infertility that involves both male and female reproductive experts working with the couple.
We offer state of the art technology in a completely private and sensitive environment. Our male infertility treatments are under the direction of Dr. Robert Brannigan, M.D. who is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Urology at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. All testing and treatments are done onsite in our laboratory, which expedites diagnosis and treatment in most cases.
We offer a wide range of male infertility treatments, including:
Testicular/Epidydimal Sperm Aspiration (TESA) - a needle biopsy of the testicle. It is an office procedure performed under local anesthesia. A small incision is made in the scrotal skin and a spring loaded needle is used to collect tissue from the testicle.
Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (PESA) - A needle is placed into the epididymis where a pocket of sperm will be found and aspirated.
Micro Epididymal Sperm aspiration (MESA) - A way of obtaining sperm in those men with a reproductive tract blockage (i.e., after a vasectomy, congenital absence of the vas deferens). A 1/2 inch incision made in the scrotal skin to isolate the epididymis. A microscope is used to examine the tubules of the epididymis that contain the sperm. All of the sperm containing fluid is collected and taken to the IVF lab for processing, use and freezing.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) - A micromanipulation (occurring under the microscope) procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into the egg to enable fertilization with very low sperm counts or with non-motile sperm (sperm that don't swim effectively toward the egg). The embryo is then transferred to the uterus.
Male Endocrinology Evaluation - A normal functioning reproductive endocrine system is a prerequisite for normal male fertility. The goal of the clinical evaluation is to determine if the patient has an abnormality of testosterone production or action.
To learn more about these treatment options, please visit the following links:
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Internet Health Resources (IHR)