Men with presumed fertility problems require individual care, diagnosis and advice. Some patients have felt abandoned by the doctors who can do so much for their partners, and sometimes they feel guilty that there seems to be so little they can do to help the situation. My practice in men's fertility aims to answer three important questions:
- Firstly, is there a 'male factor' problem?
- Secondly, can we diagnose a cause?
- Thirdly, can we offer straightforward (evidence-based) treatment?
We would normally aim to answer these questions in two or three consultations. So that both partners may be present, appointments can be made in the evenings and on a Saturday morning at the Spire Clinic in Windsor, where close liaison with the local specialist gynaecologists is possible.
Often couples find it more convenient to visit me on a Saturday morning at my clinic in Windsor. There is free parking, and for those from further afield there is a very convenient bus service from Heathrow. At the Windsor Clinic, in association with Ms. Claire Mooney and Fertility Solutions , semen analyses and DNA fragmentation studies can be undertaken on site. Semen analysis results are available on the day of the consultation .
Those couples requiring more complex or extensive tests will visit the excellent facilities at the 'Andrology Solutions Laboratory ' at 76 Wimpole Street, very close to Devonshire Street.
The first appointment, or initial consultation, is often the most important.
Everyone is different, and it's my job to work closely with you to work out what your individual journey and potential course of treatment and support might be. Expect to be asked lots of questions!
This appointment will include understanding more about what your symptoms are, your full medical history and a physical examination. We might discuss the need for some additional tests at this point, which will help us identify how best to proceed. All appointments are 45 minutes in length.
It is usually possible to complete all the necessary investigations on the day of the first appointment. This is particularly important for couples travelling long distances, who should try to make appointments early on Thursday and on Friday mornings, at 18 Devonshire Street.
We also arrange for DNA fragmentation studies to assess sperm quality; these are sent straight to the laboratory in Belfast for analysis.
A follow-up consultation to review the results of the initial clinical examination and any diagnostic tests will normally take place 2 or 3 weeks after your first visit.
If we've managed to conclude that there is a male factor at play, then further tests may establish whether the problem is reduced sperm production and quality, or an absence of sperm in the ejaculate.
Partners are welcome to attend all consultations but should always attend the second (or follow-up) consultation, when decisions can be taken on the basis of results of our investigations.
At some point soon, we hope to introduce Skype appointments although we're not quite there yet. The idea will be that once you've had your first appointment and you've had a physical examination, it's will be possible to organise a Skype consultation for your follow-up appointments. This is particularly useful for those clients who live quite far out of London.
Please do let us know if this is something you feel you would benefit from.