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Male Factor Infertility


Misconceptions are very common in the world of infertility. One popular myth is that infertility is the woman's problem and that once that "problem" is fixed, the couple will be able to conceive. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, in nearly 30% of all infertility cases, the cause is attributed to a factor in the male and in an additional 30% of cases the cause is attributed to both male and female factors. Less than a decade ago, treatment for a severe male factor was limited to inseminations or IVF using donor sperm. Today, exciting advances in male infertility have introduced innovative therapeutic options that offer men, including those with no sperm in their ejaculate due to genetic conditions, a greatly improved chance to conceive their own biological offspring.

At GRS, we understand that couples seeking treatment for infertility are in search of a program that will provide them with the best chance possible for conceiving a child. In order to maximize the chances for conception, we create a partnership with each couple to determine exactly what the goals are and establish a treatment plan to maximize all resources in an effort to reach those goals. Male factor infertility is one of our specialties at GRS. In fact, Michael Tucker, Ph.D., GRS' Scientific Director, pioneered the technique that revolutionized male factor treatment success in the United States. In 1993, he and his team received national recognition for achieving the first ICSI pregnancy and birth. Dr. Tucker continues to refine and improve this and other laboratory fertilization techniques, contributing significantly to the steady improvements in IVF pregnancy rates over the past five years.

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