by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)
Have you ever gone through a fertility assessment before? For couples who had done it , you would know that it can sometimes look very complicated with all those internal ultrasound (transvaginal) scans, blood tests, x-ray tests and sperm test for a male partner.
In this article, I will simplify the fertility tests for a male partner. I’ll start with sperm test and go on to other tests required when a man has no sperm (azoospermia).
For a man , the most important test is a semen analysis (sperm test). About a third of couples, the problem lies with the male partner and thus it is very important to do this test.
“A 70 year old man can still reproduce, so this can’t be a major issue right?” . Its a yes and a no. It is true that a man continues to produce sperm but the QUALITY of the sperm deteriorates as he ages. Low sperm quality equals to lower chance to conceive.