Infertility Fast Facts
Couples approximately in the United States, or 10 percent of all couples of childbearing age, have difficulty conceiving.
Sperm morphology or shape seen in a semen analysis can indicated potential Male Infertility problems
During a semen analysis, the sperm’s morphology is evaluated, which looks at the size and shape of the sperm. Normal sperm have one oval-shaped head and one long tail. Abnormal sperm have issues with their head and/or their tails. These defects can affect the ability for fertilization to occur. Having abnormal sperm is not uncommon; if pregnancy occurs from an abnormal sperm, it does not increase the risk of having a child with birth defects.
If repeated semen analysis show a large number of abnormal sperm, your doctor may need to look for any underlying conditions, such as varicoceles, use of illicit drugs, high fevers, and infections, that could be a contributory factor. In some instances, abnormal sperm can be related to a chronic condition such as testicular abnormalities, birth defects, and so on.
Your physician will determine the best course of treatment for you and your partner. IUI and IVF are commonly recommended treatments for men with abnormal sperm because these procedures increase the chances for pregnancy.