Studies suggest that around one-third of all infertility cases are because of a problem in the male partner. Indeed, at the Bridge almost half our subfertility or infertility cases are explained by male problems, and it is our aim to make fatherhood possible for these men. Almost all cases are now amenable to treatment.
The technique of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which was introduced in the early 1990s, has revolutionised the treatment of men with poor sperm quality or low sperm counts. And even in cases where the sperm numbers seem non-existent, it is still possible to surgically retrieve sufficient few sperm cells for ICSI. For while in spontaneous conception at least 100 million sperm cells are usually produced in each ejaculation of semen, just one may be enough in the hands of the ICSI embryologist.