Male infertility can be identified as a factor in up to half of all couples who attend a fertility clinic. 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.
At The Agora we believe the man must be investigated as thoroughly as the woman and given as much support. Whilst many clinics offer IVF and ICSI to overcome fertility issues due to the sperm, we take a more holistic approach to investigating male infertility, supporting the man as well as the couple.
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.
Male infertility – a holistic approach
Our approach to assessing male infertility 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. They have published numerous research papers on male infertility together and continue to combine their efforts in ground breaking research.
Recent male infertility 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.
Same sex couples and single women:
Wednesday 13th October at 6.00 pm
Monday 18th October at 6.00 pm
Alternatively, via email:
or phone: 01273 229410
We look forward to welcoming you.
Enhanced Male Fertility Assessment
Some men opt to have an Enhanced Fertility MOT, which is a more detailed male fertility test. It includes some additional tests of sperm health and function. And it gives us a far greater insight into your reproductive health.
- It can be very helpful if previous or home sperm tests have been normal and your infertility remains ‘unexplained’. Or when these tests have been abnormal but you have not been given an explanation as to why.
- Sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) is known to be higher in infertile men. Testing for Sperm DNA fragmentation measures the quality of sperm as a DNA package carrier, and it therefore is more significant than the parameters analysed in standard semen analyses.
- The Enhanced Fertility MOT also includes a short telephone consultation with your doctor. They’ll discuss your results with you, and may recommend some lifestyle changes or treatments.
Male infertility articles
For those going through fertility treatment you will have done well to miss the Rhod Gilbert documentary about male fertility. First ... read more
Dr. Carole Gilling-Smith discusses male infertility with Jonathan Ramsay, a Consultant urologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS ... read more
The Agora Clinic is partnering with Brighton-based male fertility expert Ian Stones. Here he explains his mission to give men a voice ... read more
November is male health awareness month. Dr Carole Gilling-Smith discusses male fertility; what makes good sperm, what causes bad sperm read more
“Cycling just five hours a week ‘could damage a man’s fertility’” – that was a Daily Mail headline in 2010. But is there any truth in ... read more
It’s the kind of fertility myth that seems to make sense: if you hold back on sex, the quality of sperm will be better when you need it read more
If you want to boost your chances of getting pregnant, the solution may lie in stopping your partner getting too hot! It’s not a myth read more
It’s widely known that Charlie Chaplin became a father at 73, but does that mean men don’t face a biological clock and that male ... read more
The latest advances in the field of assisted conception suggest that we need to measure men’s fertility more accurately. A growing ... read more
While it’s true that fertility for both men and women declines with age, it doesn’t follow that younger men and women never face ... read more