ICD-10-CM Code N46.9

Male infertility, unspecified

Version 2020 Billable Code Adult Diagnoses Diagnoses For Males Only

Valid for Submission

N46.9 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of male infertility, unspecified. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code N46.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abnormal reproductive state, acquired impaired spermatogenesis, acquired male infertility, androgen resistance - infertile male, androgen resistance syndrome, fertility problem, etc

The code N46.9 is applicable to adult patients aged 15 through 124 years inclusive. It is clinically and virtually impossible to use this code on a patient outside the stated age range.

Short Description:Male infertility, unspecified
Long Description:Male infertility, unspecified

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code N46.9 are found in the index:

Code Edits

The Medicare Code Editor (MCE) detects and reports errors in the coding of claims data. The following ICD-10 Code Edits are applicable to this code:

  • Adult diagnoses - Adult. Age range is 15–124 years inclusive (e.g., senile delirium, mature cataract).
  • Diagnoses for males only - Medicare Code Editor detects inconsistencies between a patient’s sex and any diagnosis on the patient’s record, this code applies to MALES only .


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Abnormal reproductive state
  • Acquired impaired spermatogenesis
  • Acquired male infertility
  • Androgen resistance - infertile male
  • Androgen resistance syndrome
  • Fertility problem
  • Infertile
  • Infertility due to drug therapy
  • Infertility due to germinal cell desquamation
  • Infertility due to infection
  • Infertility due to radiation
  • Infertility due to systemic disease
  • Infertility due to testicular hypoplasia
  • Male infertility
  • Male infertility due to cystic fibrosis
  • Male infertility of chromosomal origin
  • Male infertility of chromosomal origin
  • Male infertility of developmental origin
  • Male infertility of developmental origin
  • Male infertility of genetic origin
  • Male sterility
  • Natural sterility
  • Postoperative sterility
  • Post-traumatic sterility
  • Primary infertility
  • Primary male infertility
  • Recessive sensorineural hearing loss
  • Secondary infertility
  • Secondary male infertility
  • Semen examination: infertile
  • Semen fertility - finding
  • Sensorineural deafness and male infertility
  • Sterility
  • Sterility
  • Sterility
  • Sterility
  • Subfertility
  • Unexplained infertility

Clinical Information

  • INFERTILITY MALE-. the inability of the male to effect fertilization of an ovum after a specified period of unprotected intercourse. male sterility is permanent infertility.

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code N46.9 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.


Convert N46.9 to ICD-9

  • 606.9 - Male infertility NOS

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the genitourinary system (N00–N99)
    • Diseases of male genital organs (N40-N53)
      • Male infertility (N46)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients

Male Infertility

Infertility is a term doctors use if a man hasn't been able to get a woman pregnant after at least one year of trying. Causes of male infertility include

  • Physical problems with the testicles
  • Blockages in the ducts that carry sperm
  • Hormone problems
  • A history of high fevers or mumps
  • Genetic disorders
  • Lifestyle or environmental factors

About a third of the time, infertility is because of a problem with the man. One third of the time, it is a problem with the woman. Sometimes no cause can be found.

If you suspect you are infertile, see your doctor. There are tests that may tell if you have fertility problems. When it is possible to find the cause, treatments may include medicines, surgery, or assisted reproductive technology. Happily, many couples treated for infertility are able to have babies.

NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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