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Male Infertility And Heavy Drinking Are Not A Good Mix

Trying to conceive and you cannot figure out why you have not been successful. Heavy drinking may be the culprit.

If you are drinking excessively, this may be causing problems with your fertility. Drinking too much alcohol is related to male infertility and may cause long term damage and reduce your chances of conceiving a child.

Medical studies have shown that heavy drinking done on regular basis causes damage to the male reproductive system. Drinking excessive amounts of beer, wine, and liquor harms the body and causes problems with your sexual health and fertility and some of these problems include the lowering of testosterone levels as well as negative affects on sperm quality and sperm quantity in men. Another problem alcohol causes for couples is that it lowers the male partners libido and can cause impotence. Men who are regular, heavy drinkers are more likely to have erection problems and long-term alcoholism can lead to permanent impotency. If you cannot have sex, you cannot conceive.

One study that focused on alcoholics and alcoholism found that only 12% of those men who were excessive drinkers had normal sperm counts and good health compared with 37% of non-alcoholics. The study found that as the amounts of alcohol consumed went up, the sperm count dropped, normal sperm shape decreased, and sperm motility became worse.

The focus of another study was IVF treatment and drinking. The study found that for every drink a man consumed per day, the risk of conception that did not lead to a live birth increased two to eight times. If the drinking habits occurred within a month of the IVF treatment, the risk became even more apparent.

Sperm cell damage, reduced sperm motility, and abnormally shaped sperm are affected by heavy alcohol consumption research has shown. Continued alcoholism can lead to permanent sperm cell abnormalities and prostate damage.

Although there are studies that have found a link between excessive alcohol consumption and male infertility, other studies have found that there is no relationship between male fertility and moderate drinking. So, what should you do? Drinking in moderation is okay although, if you are going through IVF treatments, it may be better for you to consider cutting out alcohol altogether during treatment.

Men who are trying to conceive a child should be aware that alcohol consumption could cause sperm abnormalities and a decrease in testicular function. Best practice, if you are trying to conceive a child is to limit your alcohol consumption. If you are going through IVF treatments, abstaining from alcohol altogether would be best for you and your partner.

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7 Male Infertility Facts You Should Know

Surprising fact – male infertility occurs as often as female fertility. It is a common misconception that when a couple is experiencing problems conceiving, it is the woman’s fault however, this is just not the case.

Following are seven male infertility facts that you should know and that you should share with your partner if you are having trouble conceiving a child.

Drug Use

Heavy drug use damages sperm, which should not be surprising. Illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, and anabolic steroids can lower the quality of your sperm and reduce your fertility. Also, keep in mind that anabolic steroids, cause your testicles to shrink and stop the hormone production needed to produce sperm.

Weight

If you are overweight, this is a problem. Obesity in men is associated with decreased sperm count, the quality of sperm produced, and misshapen sperm can interfere with the sperm’s ability to reach and penetrate and egg. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting in shape will increase your chances of conceiving.

Alcohol Use

If alcohol drinking is a recreational sport for you, it is time to cut down considerably if you are trying to become a Dad. Men who drink heavily and regularly have lower testosterone levels, lower sperm counts, and heavy drinking can cause erectile dysfunction. Also, drinking to the point of passing out and having black outs can affect your sexual relationships.

Smoking

Besides smoking in general being bad for your health, men who smoke may have a lower sperm count than men who do not smoke. Smoking damages the quality of your sperm making it much more difficult to get your partner pregnant. Men who are on the borderline of being infertile are most vulnerable to the effects of smoking and infertility.

Stress

If you are experiencing severe and prolonged periods of stress, the amount of sperm you produce can decrease and affect your sperm count. The stress of infertility and going through that process can be very discouraging for couples and can last for extended periods.

Exercise

Believe it or not, excessive exercise can indirectly lower the amount of testosterone in your body. When your body reaches a certain temperature, sperm can die and lead to infertility. Also, if you are underweight, with low body fat, you may experience low sperm motility (how fast your sperm moves) and sperm morphology (misshapen sperm). While exercise plays a big role in living a healthy lifestyle be sure not to over do it if you and your partner have decided to conceive.

 

Pesticides

 

If you work in an industry such as landscaping, contracting, and manufacturing where you are exposed to pesticides and other environmental toxins, you risk infertility. Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are known to decrease sperm production and sperm quality. These environmental toxins have also been linked to Pesticide use is another environmental factor that may affect male infertility. Exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides, can decrease sperm production and quality. Some of these environmental toxins have also been linked to testicular cancer.

 

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for at least a year, consult your healthcare professional and have your fertility assessed. Lifestyle is just one factor that may affect your fertility. Your doctor can help you determine the cause of your infertility and help you increase your chances of conceiving a child and having a family.

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Men’s Health – Male Infertility

Male Infertility

What Is Male Infertility?

Male infertility is the failure of a male to impregnate a fertile female and the male partner is the cause of infertility in couples 40% of the time.  A number of factors contribute to male infertility and these range from physical problems to psychological problems.  In any case, there are treatment options available to address male infertility and successfully treat males that will help couples achieve pregnancy.

 

Causes Of Male Infertility

Testicular damage, low sperm production and poor sperm quality are the main causes of male infertility.  Other causes of male infertility include smoking, which can significantly decrease sperm count and sperm cell mobility, recreational drug uses, alcohol abuse, steroid use, tight underwear, and stress.  Several medical conditions and other factors contribute to male infertility and each individual case is different.  There can be one cause, several causes, or there may be no particular cause.


Diagnosing Male Infertility

Male infertility is usually diagnosed by examining a patient’s medical history and then having a medical exam performed.  During the exam, a semen analysis is performed.  The patient provides a semen example, and the lab will evaluate sperm shape, movement, and measure the amount of semen and the number of sperm.  The lab will also check for infections and other problems that may be causing infertility.  To ensure accuracy, a minimum of two semen analyses are performed.  In some cases, if the problem is not found in a semen analysis, additional tests can be performed.  These include scrotal ultrasound, transrectal ultrasound, hormone testing, and genetic testing to name a few.  However, when infertility is an issue, it is recommended that the female partner be examined and tested.

 

Treatment Options

Once diagnosed, there are several treatments for male infertility that a patient can undergo.  These treatments include the following:

  • Surgeries ~ There are different types of surgical procedures that may restore sperm flow such as removing a varicocele, repairing a duct obstruction and performing a vasectomy reversal.
  • Treatment of Infections ~ Patients can be prescribed antibiotics to treat male infertility problems.  If treated early, permanent damage can be avoided.  If there is scarring or blockage caused by infection, surgery may be required.
  • Hormone Treatments and Medications ~ In some cases, medication may be prescribed for hormonal imbalances that may be contributing to male infertility.  Hormone replacement is recommended when there is an indication that infertility is being caused by high or low levels of particular hormones or the way the body is using the hormones.
  • Assistive Reproductive Technology (ART) is also a treatment option when the cause of male infertility is unknown or not treatable.  Sperm is gathered through ejaculation, surgery or donors and then inserted directly into the female partner or through in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

As with any medical treatment, before deciding how to treat your male infertility you should discuss your option with your doctor and an infertility expert.  They will be able to let you know the pros and cons of treatments, the risks involved and the side effects you may experience.

 

 

 

 

 

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