The Agora Clinic has always taken the investigation and treatment of the male seriously. Whilst many clinics offer IVF and ICSI to overcome fertility issues due to the sperm, we take a more holistic approach to investigating and supporting the man as well as the couple, both before and after they have undergone fertility treatments. We aim not only to maximise the chances of success in IVF with ICSI but also to improve the man’s natural fertility so that he can try and conceive naturally without the need for intervention.
How common is male infertility?
Male infertility can be identified as a factor in up to half of all couples who attend a fertility clinic and it is well established that diagnosing a man with a fertility issue can have a profound effect on his physical and psychological well-being as well as on the relationship which is why we believe the man must be investigated as thoroughly as the woman and given as much support.
The Agora approach to assessing the man
Our approach to assessing the male is to investigate a much wider range of factors that may affect sperm production, quantity and quality, so that sperm can be optimised both before and during treatment.
‘We should treat the man and not just the sperm’, says Jonathan Ramsay who holds regular Male Infertility Clinics at the Agora. He has been a Consultant Urologist in London for 30 years with a particular interest in male infertility. He is the HFEA Licence holder for the Andrology Department at Hammersmith Hospital leading the Male Fertility Research Centre for Imperial College Healthcare and has had a longstanding research collaboration with Agora Medical Director Carole Gilling-Smith since they worked side by side at the Chelsea and Westminster Assisted Conception Unit in London. The have published numerous research papers together and continue to combine their efforts in ground breaking research. Recent male fertility research at the Agora has explored the benefit of an enhanced male fertility MOT to look specifically for more complex and less obvious causes of ‘unexplained infertility’.
Jonathan has an extensive research profile and is currently working with the Agora medical and laboratory teams on various research projects including the role of nutrition, weight loss, genital tract infection and DNA Fragmentation on overall fertility.
Surgical sperm retrieval
After your Medical Consultation. you may be advised you to have surgical sperm retrieval if your sperm count is too low in number or absent. This might be because the sperm duct is blocked (obstructive azoospermia) or because the testicles aren’t producing enough sperm (non-obstructive azoospermia). It can also be used following an unsuccessful vasectomy reversal.
Surgical sperm retrieval (or recovery) is a technique used to retrieve sperm directly from the testicle when there is suspected obstruction. It can either involve direct Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE), micro-testicular dissection using an operating microscope (M-TESE) or Percutaneous Sperm Extraction (PESE). These procedures can be carried out at the Agora by either Mr Jonathan Ramsay or Mr Ehab Kelada under anaesthesia. The retrieved sperm are frozen (cryopreserved) ready to be thawed and used in IVF treatment with ICSI.
When there is an absence of sperm, particularly when this is due to non-obstructive causes (non-obstructive azoospermia), the chances of successful sperm retrieval may be improved by hormone treatments where appropriate and sometimes by undertaking a diagnostic mapping procedure before planning a micro-testicular dissection (M-TESE)
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