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COVID-19: Does Coronavirus Affect A Man’s Fertility?

Current studies of COVID 19 revealed that fertility could be troubled weeks after recovering from the sickness. A study, published in the Fertility and Sterility Journal, examined sperm samples taken from 120 men (with an average age of 35 years old) in Belgium and found that 30% of the men showed a 60% drop in their sperm’s motility and a 37% reduction in sperm count – but it’s not all bad news! Results also showed that the quality of sperm improved as the recovery time increased.
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Although researchers have solid evidence, more work is needed to establish whether COVID-19 has a long-term impact on fertility. Whether related to coronavirus or other causes, if you are a male struggling with infertility problems and are trying to start a family, IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) can be a great option:

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IVF For Male Infertility (Low Sperm Count)

Low sperm count means your sperm are less likely to fertilize your partner’s egg. While this means that having a baby can be complicated, it does not mean it’s impossible – there are many treatments for men considering parenthood, including In Vitro Fertilization.

IVF is a popular and highly effective fertility treatment that can be combined with ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) to increase the chances of achieving a pregnancy. ICSI involves collecting only the strongest, healthiest sperm to inject it directly into the egg for fertilization. Besides IVF with ICSI, there are other options to increase your sperm count, such as:

  • Hormonal treatment.
  • Antibiotic treatment.
  • Treatments for sexual intercourse problems.
  • Surgery.
  • Natural remedies.

 

How Is Infertility Diagnosed In a Man?

A person is classified as infertile when they’re not able to get pregnant after one year of actively trying. To evaluate the main cause of male infertility, one or more of the following examinations may be required:

  • Hormonal analysis.
  • Genetic analysis.
  • Testicular biopsy.
  • Urine analysis.
  • Transrectal or Scrotal Ultrasound.

 

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Male infertility can have multiple causes, which is why an accurate diagnosis performed by a specialist is essential in planning a personalized treatment.

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At the Fertility Center, we know the value of your dream of being a father, which is why it is very important to us to listen to your specific case. Schedule an appointment today with one of our specialists and start the journey of creating a family!

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Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

Gynecology, Obstetrics and Biology of Human Reproduction Surgeon at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, specialist Biologist of Human Reproduction by the Mexican Institute of Infertility.

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