Male fertility is seldom over-looked at. Most people believe that when fertility is a problem with a couple, it is the woman who has the fertility issue. However, in 60% of the cases, it is the male fertility that is contributing to a couple’s infertility. When it comes to fertility, both the man and the woman must be evaluated in order to ascertain the cause of infertility.
What is male infertility?
Male infertility is the inability to get a woman pregnant. Low sperm production, low sperm count, abnormal sperm function, was well as illness, injury, chronic health problems, and lifestyle choice are all factors that can cause male infertility. Male infertility occurs when a male is unable to conceive a child with his partner.
There are many symptoms associated with male infertility with the most important one being the inability of a male to impregnate his female partner after regular intercourse for an entire year without using contraception. If this is a case, a doctor must evaluate both partners. Men are tested on their sperm count and if they have a low sperm count, than this is considered a serious symptom of infertility.
Other symptoms are a decrease in sperm motility and abnormally shaped sperm. Other common symptoms include the following:
- Serious illness such as cancer or diabetes
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Sexual history
- Frequency of sexual intercourse
- Health history
These factors and more contribute to infertility problems in men and they may one or more symptoms present.
By now, you are asking what can cause problems with my fertility. There are a variety of reasons you are not fertile. Are you leading a healthy lifestyle? Men who are living a healthy lifestyle have a much better chance of producing healthy sperm. Some factors that can have a negative impact on male infertility include the following:
- Alchohol abuse
- Steroid use
- Tight underwear
- Prolonged use of marijuana and other recreational drugs
- Intense exercise
If you are trying to conceive a child, consider leading a healthier lifestyle and eliminating or at least changing behaviors that impact your chances of conceiving.
Other things to consider to boost male fertility are physical problems, hormonal imbalances, behavioral problems, and psychological problems; these can be contributing factors to male infertility.
Exposure to toxic substances and chemicals can lead to reduced sperm counts and malformations in male genitalia. Research has found a connection between toxic substances and fertility. While it may not be possible to totally eliminate all substances that are toxic from our everyday lives such as chemicals found in plastics, pesticides, and
non-stick products, if you are trying to conceive, try to eliminate as many as possible.
Regular use of whirl pools, steam rooms, and hot baths should be avoided. They lead to impaired sperm production and motility. However, research has shown that stopping your exposure to this kind of heat can have positive results.
Cigarette use, marijuana, recreational drug use, and heavy alcohol consumption are all risk factors associated with infertility. Good news is that the damage caused by excessive use of theses substances can be reversed and possibly eliminated if you cut them out of your life.
Infertility is stressful and not being able to conceive can cause relationship difficulties. Besides stress, the time and financial cost associated with infertility, as well as the failure to impregnate can lead to frustration, feelings of inadequacy, anger, and guilt.
Additional complications are increased risk of inherited syndromes such as cystic fibrosis and klinefelter syndrome, hormonal abnormalities, and an increased risk of cancer including testicular and prostate cancer.