• ICSI: Your Step-By-Step Overview

    While vasectomy reversal is the most common procedure to restore fertility for men who have undergone a vasectomy, there are circumstances where it makes sense to consider other surgical alternatives, such as sperm aspiration. With sperm aspiration, sperm is directly obtained from the epididymis through a needle guided by an operating microscope. This is actually the first step in ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, which is paired with IVF, or in-vitro fertilization. This video shows you a complete look at the ICSI procedure, which may play a role in your family planning if your partner is also experiencing fertility issues.

    If you want to weigh the pros and cons of vasectomy reversal and ICSI, Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal can help you make your decision. You can schedule a vasectomy reversal consultation with us in Sarasota by calling (941) 894-6428, or visit our website to learn more.

  • Coping with the Stress of Male Infertility

    Male infertility is more common than you might think. In fact, it’s just about as common as female infertility, although men are often less willing to discuss the topic than women are. Despite their reticence, many men experience strong, negative emotions that can be difficult to cope with. Acknowledging these feelings and developing a plan of action can help.

    Understanding Common Reactions

    Although men may be more reluctant to discuss their experiences with male infertility, this doesn’t mean they won’t act on their feelings. Some men may feel as though their masculinity is threatened, and they may withdraw from sexual intimacy or seek affection outside the marriage as a result. Others may go out of their way to work on improving the relationship . Many couples find that they tend to argue more frequently, even over small matters.

    Coping as a Couple

    It’s important to remember that male infertility is no one’s fault. Supporting each other is the only way to move forward. Coping successfully as a couple may require talking about the issue openly, sharing emotions, and venting frustrations. Just as importantly, couples need some time that is free of “baby talk.” Couples might agree to discuss the issue for a certain length of time on certain days, but then to avoid discussing the issue at other times. This allows both partners the emotional relief of focusing on other tasks at hand.

    Getting on the Same Page

    One of the many reasons why male infertility is so difficult to cope with is that it brings an element of uncertainty into the relationship. Couples need to decide what they plan to do and what their limits are. For instance, a couple might decide to have a vasectomy reversal and to consider IVF later on if the reversal by itself isn’t sufficient.

    If you’re exploring infertility procedures available in Sarasota, we invite you to come in for a consult at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Dr. Joshua Green is a widely respected vasectomy reversal surgeon who has made it his life’s work to help couples achieve their dreams of parenthood. Call us today at (941) 894-6428 to schedule your confidential discussion.

  • Examining Causes of Male Infertility

    Male infertility is more common than you might think. There are many possible reasons for three of the main causes of male infertility, which are low sperm count, abnormal sperm shape, and abnormal sperm movement. When you watch this featured video, you’ll learn that one of the most prevalent medical causes of male infertility is the presence of a varicocele. This is an enlarged vein in the scrotum that can inhibit sperm production and compromise sperm quality.

    In other cases, male infertility may be a hormonal issue, such as having too much estrogen and not enough testosterone. A history of prior surgeries or injuries in the area, infections, and past cancer treatments can also contribute to fertility problems.

    Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal can help you achieve your dream of becoming a father . Call (941) 894-6428 to request a confidential consult with Dr. Green in Sarasota.

  • Common Risk Factors of Male Infertility

    Male infertility is a common problem, particularly among men who are of an older age. Sometimes, male infertility is caused by a medical issue, such as prior trauma to the testicles, undescended testes, or surgery of the abdominal or pelvic regions. Some chronic illnesses will also increase a man’s risk of infertility, including sickle cell disease and cancer. Radiation therapy directed at the testes can result in infertility.

    Other risk factors of infertility pertain to lifestyle choices. Men may be more likely to have infertility if they smoke, consume alcohol, are overweight, or use certain recreational substances. Exposure to environmental toxins can contribute to this common problem, as can excessively high temperatures in the region of the testicles.

    If you’ve had a vasectomy reversal that has failed, you may still have options available to you. The Center for Vasectomy Reversal provides safe and effective infertility procedures in Sarasota. For more information, call Dr. Joshua Green at (941) 894-6428.

  • What are Some Common Causes of Male Infertility?

    In the United States, approximately one in five couples seek infertility care. Although infertility evaluations and treatments are traditionally focused on women, male infertility accounts for about half of all infertility cases in this country. The good news is that there are infertility clinics in Sarasota that specifically address male fertility problems. Before you schedule a consultation to discuss sperm retrieval procedures, read this short blog to learn more about some of the more common causes of male infertility.

    • Smoking – Tobacco use significantly decreases both sperm count and sperm cell motility. Smoking can increase a male’s chance of infertility by up to 30 percent, and even smoking as few as five cigarettes per day can significantly lower fertility rates.
    • Environmental Hazards – Men who regularly exposed to environmental hazards such as pesticides, lead, radiation/radioactive substances, and heavy metals typically have a much higher rate of experiencing fertility issues.
    • Intense Exercise – Although regular exercise is important for good overall health, prolonged overly-intense exercise can produce high levels of adrenal steroid hormones which can result in infertility. Check with your doctor to find out if your exercise routine is responsible for your fertility issues.
    • Hormonal Problems – A small percentage of male infertility cases is causes by hormonal disorders such as hyperprolactinemia, hypothyroidism, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and hypogonadotropic hypopituitarism. A fertility doctor can diagnose these disorders and recommend treatment.

    If you have been trying unsuccessfully to have children, schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility . In addition to vasectomy reversal surgeries, Dr. Green performs sperm retrieval and in-vitro fertilization to help couples realize their dream of having a family. Call the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility in Sarasota at (941) 961-4581 to schedule an infertility consultation today.

  • What You Need to Know About Male Infertility

    One of the biggest misconceptions about infertility is that it is always a female problem. By some accounts, between 30-40% of infertility cases are related to male infertility. The good news is that male infertility is typically easy to treat thanks to modern medicine and is no longer a permanent obstacle standing in the way of conceiving a child. Watch this video from the NIH to learn more about male infertility.

    If you have questions about male infertility, Dr. Joshua Green and has answers. Dr. Green is head of staff at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility in Sarasota, FL. Male infertility can be overcome using a number of different sperm retrieval procedures . Call (941) 961-4581 to schedule your initial consultation so you can discuss the different sperm retrieval and in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures available to you.

  • Get the Facts about Male Infertility

    Even without a vasectomy, there are millions of men who are incapable of having children on their own. A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that between three and five million sexual experienced men younger than age 45 reported seeing a fertility doctor for help with a male-related infertility problem. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to become a father, Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility in Sarasota can help. Get the facts about male infertility then call Dr. Green to discuss your sperm retrieval options.

    Top Causes of Male Infertility

    There are a number of different reasons for male infertility. Some problems are physical in nature, preventing the sperm from being ejaculated normally in the semen; other problems affect the quality and production of the sperm itself. Some of the top causes of male infertility include:

    • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Varicoceles (enlarged varicose veins in the scrotum)
    • Retrograde ejaculation
    • Hormonal imbalances
    • Birth defects
    • Tobacco and alcohol use
    • Excessive exercise

    There are many more causes of male infertility, and the only way to tell for sure what’s causing your infertility is to consult with a fertility doctor. If you are able to produce ejaculate, the doctor can perform lab analysis to detect azoospermia (no sperm in the semen), oligospermia (very few sperm in the semen), or problems with sperm motility or morphology.

    Sperm Retrieval Options

    Depending on the cause of your infertility, there are a few different options that can help you become a father. Sperm retrieval is a viable option if you are unable to ejaculate or if there is no sperm present in the semen. A consultation is required to determine which sperm retrieval procedure is most appropriate for your unique situation. Some of the procedures available include testicular sperm extraction (TESE), testicular sperm aspiration (TESA), and microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA).

    If you want to learn more about male infertility and how sperm retrieval can help you start a family, contact Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility. Dr. Green is proud to be one of the top male infertility specialists in Sarasota . Call (941) 961-4581 to schedule a consultation.