Fertility specialist Perth | Dr Tamara Hunter - Male Infertility

Male Infertility

Making and having a baby is usually a natural and straightforward journey for most couples. However, in some cases, it can be difficult for couples to conceive. In many cases, people tend to think it is due to the woman trying to conceive. This is not always the case - it can sometimes be due to male infertility.

What is male infertility and how common is it?

Male infertility is any health issue that lowers the chances of his female partner getting pregnant. For men, their fertility relies on the quality and quantity of sperm, its production and delivery to an unfertilised egg.

Infertility, as a whole, is a fairly widespread problem and in for about one in five infertile couples, the issues lies with the male partner.

I strongly believe that every couple deserves a holistic approach to fertility. An approach where we look at the bigger picture and at all the options. I do not believe that there is a one-size-fits-all model leading to IVF. I believe that our holistic approach includes looking at other fertility treatments, which may be a good fit for your situation as a couple.
Dr Tamara Hunter
Fertility Specialist with a special interest in male infertility
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What are the causes of male infertility?

About two-thirds of infertile men have a problem with making sperm in their testes. Either low numbers of sperm are created and/or the sperm produced is not of good quality.

  • Sperm transport problems are found in about one in every five infertile men and can include:
  • Previous vasectomy
  • Blockages (also known as obstructions) in the tubes leading sperm away from the testes.
  • Sperm production issues can include:
    • Low levels of hormones made by the pituitary gland that act on the testes, thereby leading to low testosterone production and low sperm production
  • Or it could be an immune system issue such as:
    • Sperm antibodies that can lead to failed fertilisation of the egg by the sperm.

Comprehensive fertility treatment is planned and coordinated with Monash IVF West Leederville, one of WA’s leading fertility centres.
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How do you test for a man’s fertility?

Generally, the most effective way to test a man’s fertility is via a semen analysis. This tests can be arranged via our fertility specialist.

Treatment options

The treatment options available for men with a low sperm count vary depending on the cause of the condition.

Medication and hormone replacement treatment options can also be used when the reason for low sperm count is related to a hormone imbalance.

In cases of low sperm motility, options such as IVF can be used to facilitate conception. Surgical sperm retrieval can be used if obstruction is found to be the cause of infertility. Through all treatments, your fertility specialist will help you on your journey to having a baby.

Dr Tamara Hunter

Dr Tamara Hunter is the only female Certified Specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) in Perth. "My role is to help you identifying the problem, and choosing the right treatment with you and your family. In the Fertility area I help with identifying the causes why you're not falling pregnant, or assist with sperm, egg or embryo preservation."

Useful links

IVF isn’t something that can be done quickly. Check out the IVF journey in more detail and read about IVF Success Rates.

  • What are the IVF risks? Read more about your chances with IVF.
  • What to expect with IVF? A blog article about your options.
  • How to prepare for IVF? Some useful advice
  • IVF Treatment

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    Genetic Testing

    Fertility specialists can use pre-implantation genetic testing to ensure the best embryos are used in your IVF journey.

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    Your IVF Journey

    IVF isn't something that can be done quickly. Read more about the journey when you consider IVF treatment.


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    Dr Tamara Hunter - Fertility Specialist Perth WA

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    Dr Tamara Hunter consults at The Woom

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