Reasons for Male Infertility

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Do you think females are the only gender with fertility issues? NO!

Males need to be aware of some major reasons and be more sensitive to their daily lifestyles, which can lead to infertility and result to inability to get a female pregnant.

Diet, Health, and Work Environment Can affect Fertility either positively or negatively and listed below are some of the habits every man should look out for to avoid fertility issues:

Smoking: Smoking can negatively affect a man’s sperm counts, sperm shape, and sperm movement or motility which are the most important factors for conception. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment success has also been found to be poorer in male smokers, even when IVF with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is used (ICSI involves taking a single sperm and directly injecting it into an egg). Smoking is also connected to erectile dysfunction, so dropping the habit may reverse some of the negative effects.

Toxic workplace chemicals: If your job involve close contact with toxic chemicals! If so, you may be at greater risk for infertility and decreased sperm health. Farmers, painters, metal workers, fuel attenders and welders have all been found to be at risk for decreased fertility. If your job involves toxic chemical contact or high heat conditions, speak to your Doctor. There may be more steps you can take to protect yourself.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs): Sexually transmitted infections can lead to infertility if not treated accordingly. Left untreated, an infection can lead to scar tissue within the male reproductive tract, making semen transfer ineffective or even impossible. If you have any symptoms of an STI, see your doctor right away. You may unknowingly pass on an STI to your female partner, which can then damage her fertility.

Weight: Being overweight or underweight can have a negative effect on the semen. Men with a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 20 have been found to have lower sperm concentration and sperm counts, while obese men have been found to have lower levels of testosterone and lower sperm counts.

Excess Alcohol Intake: Most studies have found that a few drinks a week won’t cause any harm, but excessive drinking has been linked to lower sperm counts, poor sperm movements or motility, and poor sperm shape.

Close Attention to Age Is Important for Men: it’s not only women who need to pay attention to age when trying to conceive.Men should also pay good attention to their age (Stop feeling forever young and fertile). You may already know that female fertility declines with age. A 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of conceiving in any one month, while a 40-year-old woman has only a 5% chance.

Research has found that with increased age, male fertility and sperm production/health decreases, including an increase in DNA-damaged sperm. Male age has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, the passing on of genetic problems, and some birth defects.

Avoid Heat: High temperatures are bad news for a healthy sperm. Tight shorts or underwear, especially when made from a non-breathable fabric, may have a negative impact on sperm health.

More sources of sperm-troubling heat include:

  • Hot tubing or long hot baths.
  • Sitting for prolonged periods of time with your legs together e.g. desk job, driving long distance and also sitting for a long period of time on a motorcycle
  • Sitting with a laptop on your lap
  • Heated car seats

Hence, not only females should be fertility concerned as males have gigantic roles to play like the females have in enhancing conception….

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