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Fertility Testing for Men

fertility testingWe offer fertility testing for men using the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology available, providing an accurate diagnosis for treatment of male reproductive disorders.

A certified High Complexity Laboratory director leads the andrology team, and a licensed medical technologist performs all testing and procedures. The Andrology Laboratory is licensed as a clinical laboratory facility by the state of Florida.

For our patient’s comfort, a private specimen collection area is available at Fertility CARE.

Evaluation

The following tests and services for men are available at Fertility CARE. Click the title of each test or service to discover more:

Sperm MAR (Mixed Agglutination Reaction) determines the presence or absence of antibodies in the sperm sample itself.

Fructose screening evaluates the level of sugars in the semen of the male partner. This test is most often used for men with suspected retrograde ejaculation. Retrograde ejaculation refers to the entry of semen into the bladder instead of going out through the urethra during ejaculation.

A preliminary test of the sperm sample determines how a patient’s sperm will react to normal processing for assisted reproductive procedures.

Sperm must be washed before it is placed into the uterus. Sperm washing for intrauterine insemination is routinely performed at Fertility CARE. A sperm sample may be used from either the male partner or from a commercial sperm bank. (Both type of sample are processed in our laboratory).

Semen analysis refers to looking at semen under a microscope to identify any signs of abnormality. Your doctor is especially interested in determining sperm count, motility (speed) and shape. This analysis is an essential part of any fertility work-up since problems with male sperm account for 40% of all infertility experienced by couples.

The semen analysis is performed in the doctor’s office. You must refrain from ejaculation for 48-96 hours prior to giving a specimen for evaluation. Your sample is usually collected by masturbating and ejaculating into a sterile specimen cup. The container is provided at the time the appointment is made. Your specimen may also be collected at home and brought to the office within one hour of collection.

Analysis of your sperm includes the following:

  • Volume (amount of semen)
  • pH
  • Sperm Count and Motility (speed)
  • Strict Kruger Morphology (shape)
  • Viability Staining*
  • Antibody testing*

*Performed based on diagnosis

While Fertility CARE does not operate a commercial sperm bank, routine freezing of sperm samples may be performed for our patients for scheduling reasons during a treatment cycle or to attempt paternity at a later time. Pre-vasectomy patients, or some oncology patients may elect to cryopreserve (freeze) their sperm for later use.

Frequently Asked Questions


man-791049_640What causes infertility in men?

A wide number of factors could be involved in male infertility such as hormone disorders, injury to the reproductive anatomy, obstruction, illness or male sexual dysfunction. Depending on the factors involved, sperm can be permanently or temporarily impacted and prevent conception.

What is erectile dysfunction / impotence?

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is an inability to achieve intercourse resulting from erection issues. Erectile dysfunction has different levels of severity that can vary from complete lack of erection, to a partial erection that is not enough to penetrate your partner or is lost soon after you penetrate. Erectile dysfunction is typically more common among older men, but it can occur at any age.

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation occurs when a man has an orgasm too soon during intercourse to satisfy his partner. Premature ejaculation is more common during the beginning of a relationship but can be caused by anxiety or overstimulation.

Is erectile dysfunction / impotence a cause or symptom of male infertility?

Erectile dysfunction can cause male infertility because it interrupts or prevents intercourse. Sperm must be delivered to your partner’s egg during intercourse in order for a child to be conceived. However, erectile dysfunction does not mean you are infertile.

Can I experience male factor infertility even if my sperm count is healthy?

Yes, even if you have a normal sperm count, you can experience infertility. Infertility factors in Males can be caused by low sperm mobility, malformed sperm, as well as blockages in the sperm ducts that prevent the sperm from entering the semen. All of these other factors can cause infertility, even if your sperm count is healthy.

The IVF Center – Why Fertility CARE is Unique

Dr. Trolice and the team supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Dr. Trolice and the team supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month.

At Fertility CARE we recognize the process of IVF can at times be overwhelming.

To address this issue, we have an IVF Nurse available 24/7 to answer questions, guide you through the process, and provide emotional support. We also offer a Reproductive Health Psychologist to help couples develop their best coping strategies along their journey.

Success of the IVF Program at Fertility CARE is due to our scientific and technological excellence coupled with our compassionate and highly personalized approach to patient care.

Fertility CARE is committed to each couple’s success by providing individualized and supportive care along the way. We consider each couple part of our family as we attempt to help them create their own.

What our Patients are Saying

“Love how all the procedures are done in one place by one doctor. Dr. Trolice has your best interest in mind. He gives you all the information so you can make an informed decision. A very caring and informed doctor.”

Fertility CARE Patient, Facebook Review

“Fantastic doctor. He allows you to ask as many questions as you want and always has a positive attitude. If you are having fertility problems, go see him!”

Fertility CARE Patient, RateMds.comReview

“Dr. Trolice is the only one in the Orlando area that really cares about his patient. I know cause I saw 3 and he was the only one that wanted to make sure I was emotionally ok and my marriage was ok. I wasn’t just a statistic to him.”

Fertility CARE Patient, Vitals.com Review

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