Stem cell treatment for male infertility
Male infertility refers to the inability of a male to achieve a pregnancy in a fertile female.
Over 15 percent of couples are infertile, which means they are not able to conceive a chlid even if they have had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. About half of such cases, male infertility plays a role.
Not being able to conceive a child can be frustraiting and stressfull, and only number of male fertility treatments are available.
Causes of male infertility
Male infertility can have many causes. It could be medical causes such as varicocele, infection, ejaculation issues, antibodies that attack sperm, tumors, undescended testicles, hormone imbalances, sperm duct defects, chromosome defects, problems with sexual intercourse (erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, ejaculatory incompetence), celiac disease or even certain medication (like testosterone, steroid use, chemotherapy etc).
Male infertility could also have an environmental causes like a industrial chemicals, heavy metal exposure, radiation or X-rays and also overheating the testicles.
Also the lifestyle habits like drug use, alcohol use, tobacco smoking, overweight (obesity), emotional stress or occupation can play a role.
Male infertility is also commonly due to deficiencies in the semen (like oligospermia/oligozoospremia, aspermia, hypospermia, azoospermia, teratospermia, asthenozoospermia), and semen quality is used as a surrogate measure of male fecundity.
Complications can include:
- Surgery or other procedures to treat an underlying cause of low sperm count or other reproductive problems
- Stress and relationship difficulties related to the inability to have a child
- An increased risk of cancer, particularly prostate cancer
The A1 Medical Center Male Infertility Treatment
The male infertility treatment is unique because it focuses on repairing tissue damage and restoring function to improve each patient’s quality of life.
Diagnostics and Physical Assessment
Before stem cell implantation, each patient undergoes blood tests at the clinic and a comprehensive physical and cognitive assessment.
Step 1 – Bone Marrow Collection
Bone marrow is collected from the patient’s iliac crest (hip bone) using thin-needle mini-puncture under local anesthesia. Though some pain may be felt when the needle is inserted, most patients do not find the bone marrow collection procedure particularly painful. The entire procedure normally takes about 30 minutes.
Once the bone marrow collection is complete, patients may return to their hotel and go about normal activities.
More detailed information on the bone marrow collection procedure is available in the Bone Marrow Informed Consent document (PDF file).
Step 2 – Laboratory Processing
The stem cells are processed from the bone marrow in a state-of-the-art, government approved (cGMP) laboratory. In the lab, both the quantity and quality of the stem cells are measured. These cells have the potential to transform into multiple types of cells and are capable of regenerating or repairing damaged tissue.
Step 3 – Stem Cell Implantation
The stem cells are implanted back into the patient.
Patients treated by intradermal and/or intramuscular transplantation may return home the day after treatment.
Rich Welsh – 27 years old
“…If you happen to have the chance of autologous stem cell treatment do not let it pass you by…”
Treatment Evaluation Process
In order to be evaluated for stem cell treatment, patients must complete an online medical history form. Once you’ve completed the online medical history and submitted it, a patient relations consultant will contact you. He or she will assist you with the rest of the evaluation process. Upon treatment approval, your consultant will also assist you with treatment scheduling and trip preparation.