Andrology Services in Chattanooga TN
The UT Erlanger Men’s Health Clinic offers contemporary andrology services necessary in the evaluation of male infertility. Our services include complex semen analysis testing by a certified andrology lab technician dedicated primarily to the laboratory assessment of male fertility. We are the only practice in the region that offers andrology services with a comprehensive male fertility test by a fellowship-trained male reproductive specialist, Dr Shridharani. Our point-of-contact all encompassing service offers men a comfortable setting and convenient service unmatched in the region.
What is Andrology?
Andrology is the branch of medicine concerned with men’s health and well-being, specifically male reproductive and sexual health. A health professional trained in complex semen analysis testing will provide a male fertility test to assess a man’s fertility potential.
What Tests are Offered?
Semen analysis is the quickest and most cost effective way to diagnose male fertility problems. Most patients who are having trouble conceiving should start with a semen analysis. Our andrologist will examine your semen and provide you with a detailed breakdown of your numbers. This will include:
- Sperm Count Test
- Sperm Motility Test
- Sperm Morphology Test via Strict Kruger Morphology
A sperm count is the total count of living sperm in your ejaculate, sperm mobility or motility is the number of moving and active sperm, and sperm morphology is the shape of your sperm.
Sperm count and motility affect what is known as your ‘total motile sperm count.’ This is the measurement of healthy sperm that are able to move towards and attempt to fertilize a female’s egg.
Determining a sperm’s morphology or shape involves analysis of the specimen under a specialized, high-powered microscope. Our andrologist will look for the correct size and shape of your sperm, including the head, mid- or connecting piece, the tail, and the end piece.
Retrograde Semen Analysis
Sometimes male infertility can be caused when ejaculated sperm does not escape the urethra and instead travels into the bladder. This is called retrograde ejaculation. We can examine your urine post-ejaculation to see if a significant portion of your sperm is not being released. Sometimes this sperm can be washed and used for intrauterine insemination.
Many patients with retrograde ejaculation will have had previous surgeries or medical conditions that predispose them to this issue. This can include: prostate cancer, bladder cancer, bladder neck surgery, or diabetes, among many others. Often medications can be identified that when stopped, will reverse the problem. These factors will be addressed during your evaluation.
Other specialized tests offered by the Andrology Lab include:
- Sperm Viability Testing
- Testing for Anti-Sperm Antibodies
- Testing for Leukocytospermia
If you are interested in scheduling a male fertility test for you, your partner, or a patient, please call 423-778-4MEN. Contact Dr. Shrid Men’s Health & Microsurgery here, or visit us in Chattanooga, TN to learn more about the Andrology Services we offer.