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Male Infertility

Infertility is a sensitive and often trying concern for the nearly one in six couples who have trouble conceiving a child. With 40 - 50% of cases caused by female factors and 40% caused by male factors, infertility affects both sexes equally. The remaining 10-20% of cases are categorized as unexplained infertility. However, it is important to note that even if the cause cannot be diagnosed, treatments can still be successful. There are viable options for most causes of infertility. At HEARTLAND we strive to find a solution that will give you the gift you're hoping for.

Normal Fertility

The same hormones that control ovulation in women also regulate the production and release of sperm in men. Sperm is constantly being produced in men's testicles throughout their lives.

Sperm is produced in the testes. It takes 72 days to mature. It then travels down the epididymis where it is stored.

An egg remains fertile for up to 24 hours from the time it is released. Within five minutes of ejaculation, the sperm travels from the cervix through the uterus to the fallopian tube where the fertilization of the egg occurs. Despite there being hundreds of sperm that reach the egg, only one can penetrate and fertilize it. A fertilized egg stays in the fallopian tube for approximately 4 days during which time it begins to divide. Then it moves into the uterine cavity where it implants itself in the uterus.



« The causes of male infertility are numerous and are not always easy to identify. »