Q: We have been trying to conceive a child for more than one year with no luck. Could we be experiencing infertility problems?
A: Yes. Infertility is defined as trying to conceive a child naturally for more than one year with no results, although advanced age and other factors can play a role in fertility. Approximately 15 – 20 percent of all couples are infertile and problems conceiving can be attributed to the male factor alone in 30 percent of infertile couples. Because of this, Dr. Fenig recommends that when couples are having problems conceiving, a male fertility evaluation be the first route you take to find the cause of the issue.
Q: Are there any lifestyle changes we can make to help us avoid male fertility problems?
A: Yes. In fact, Dr. Fenig recommends to his patients that they take the following precautions when trying to conceive:
- Avoid hot tubs – the high temperature of the water can have an adverse affect on sperm motility
- Be aware that a high fever in the male partner can negatively affect sperm count for up to three months
- Men should avoid putting their cell phone in the front pants pocket to avoid any radiation from the cell waves affecting sperm. While there is no comprehensive data to support this theory, Dr. Fenig believes it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Avoid smoking and minimize alcohol intake as these are both directly toxic to sperm
Q: I had a vasectomy more than a decade ago and now I wish to conceive a child naturally. Do I have any options?
A: Yes. Dr. Fenig is one of only a few fellowship-trained microsurgeons in the country with the advanced skills to perform a microsurgical vasectomy reversal. As co-director of The Vasectomy Reversal Center of America, Dr. Fenig has performed hundreds of vasectomy reversal procedures and has a success rate of more than 90%. Because this is a highly intricate and complex surgical procedure that requires a great deal of precision, it is best to have the vasectomy reversal performed by a highly skilled microsurgeon like Dr. Fenig.
Q: How important is the skill and experience of a surgeon?
A: The microsurgical training and precise skill of the surgeon is of the utmost importance to the success of any male infertility surgical procedure. Recognized as a leading expert in the field of male reproductive health, Dr. Fenig is a member of an elite group of just two percent of board-certified urologists in the U.S. who are fellowship-trained in male infertility and microsurgical techniques. There are fewer than a dozen such trained urologic surgeons in the Mid-Atlantic region. Choosing a surgeon like Dr. Fenig, who has vast experience and a proven track record in microsurgical techniques to treat a variety of male infertility issues, is the best option to help you achieve your dream of having a child naturally.