Not long ago, fertility issues were considered a female problem. Fertility is viewed differently today, with about 50% of all fertility issues being associated with male infertility. Many couples face fertility problems and when to have male fertility tested is a recurring question.
Couples may want to jump into fertility help after just one or two months of trying to conceive. Typically there is a one-year waiting period between when couples start trying to conceive and when they need to start seeking help. This is a general recommendation, as couples trying to conceive a second or subsequent child after prior fertility problems may immediately seek fertility assistance based on previous medical interaction.
When Does Male Fertility Come into Question?
From the first appointment there will be questions about male fertility. A long-comprehensive medical history will be gathered during the interview process. This occurs for both the male and female partner. A semen analysis may be ordered after the first appointment to gauge male fertility. This test will be ordered simultaneously with tests pertaining to female fertility.
If the male partner is not a part of the initial appointment, female testing will still be ordered. If all female tests come back normal or inconclusive in terms of fertility, male fertility testing will be the next order of business.
Signs it is Time to Have Male Fertility Tested
Unlike females who have physical symptoms that could be considered precursors to fertility problems like irregular periods or a previous diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), men do not necessarily have physical symptoms to consider. A man can appear in perfect health with no known health issues or injuries that could cause infertility, but he could be sterile just the same. If all female fertility testing shows the female partner is fertile it is time for male fertility testing.
The age of blaming fertility problems on women have long passed. Men and women have nearly equal chances of facing fertility problems, but men tend to be more reluctant to seek help. Experts speculate that some men link fertility to manliness and therefore finding out they are infertile is seen as a great failure. However, fertility problems in men are common and fortunately many are treatable. Even in cases where male fertility cannot be treated directly, there are methods of conception using assisted reproduction that can help couples achieve pregnancy.