Sperm DNA damage can reduce IVF success rates and may increase the chance of Miscarriage.
Many couples trying for a baby through private fertility treatments may be missing out on information that could improve their chances. Around 1 in 6 couples in the UK experience the emotional heartache of infertility and should these couples be given the "all-clear" from a traditional semen analysis, the only option is an unsatisfactory diagnosis of 'Unexplained Infertility'.
Research has now shown that up to 80% of couples with unexplained infertility have problems in their sperm DNA. So while a semen analysis will reveal basic problems, like not having enough sperm, the quality of the sperm can only be assessed by doing a Sperm DNA Test to investigate its' DNA. At the Lister Fertility Clinic, we are pleased to offer our patients the SpermComet Test, a second-generation Sperm DNA test for male infertility problems.
If the sperm DNA damage level is high, then the best chance of success might be going straight to ICSI treatment rather than starting with IVF. But men can also make simple lifestyle changes to improve their sperm DNA when given the right information.