Infertility: Not just a female problem

Infertility affects about 15% of all couples and is generally viewed as a woman’s problem; however, this notion is incorrect. Both men and women can have a problem that causes infertility, so it is time to come to terms with the fact that if a couple are having trouble trying to conceive, it may have nothing to do with the female.

Though this common misconception is probably based on the fact that women carry the pregnancy, only about a third of infertility cases are caused by the woman’s reproductive system. Men’s issues feature in another third, while the remaining third is a mixture of both male and female problems, or sometimes the reason simply remains a mystery.

Social stigma and male infertility

Many men are hesitant to take fertility tests or see a fertility specialist because there is a social stigma associated with male infertility. Though we are living in modern times, there is still the underlying idea of the “macho man” who would never have a low sperm count or have problems reproducing.

The truth of the matter is; there should never be a stigma associated with infertility in either sex so knowing the facts around infertility in men is useful, most commonly, the number or quality of his sperm, the movement of the sperm and the other physical factors that can cause infertility in men.

The quality of a man’s sperm can be changed by his lifestyle and overall health. That means factors like heavy drinking, smoking, drug use, age, environmental toxins, health problems, medications, and illness all play a role in fertility – and none of these things have anything to do with how “macho” a man may be.

Boosting male fertility

There are things that men can do to help boost fertility and some things that should be avoided. Here’s a quick “go-to” guide for guys that want a better chance of improving their fertility:

  • Stay healthy. Fertility is directly related to one’s health, so it is important to eat healthily and get plenty of exercise. Obese men are three times more likely to have a low sperm count than those with a healthy body mass index (BMI).
  • Stay nourished. Make sure you eat foods rich in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, which all play critical roles in the repair of sperm DNA. Amino acids, selenium, folic acid, and zinc are also important.
  • Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 15.23.25Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc and Selenium are important supplements for men to improve sperm performance. The CRGH Men is designed by The CRGH team and it ensures it contains all of these supplements. The tablet is to be taken just once a day and is available for purchase at the clinic.
  • Have regular sex. Maximise fertility potential by normalising sperm counts through having intercourse every few days. Be aware though that having sex more frequently can actually lower sperm counts dramatically.
  • Stay away from alcohol, smoking, and drugs. All of these can lower sperm count, damage sperm DNA and reduce the quality of an erection. It’s also essential to avoid anabolic steroids. These prescription only drugs are sometimes taken illegally to improve athletic performance and by bodybuilders to increase muscle mass. One of the several adverse effects of this class of drug is to reduce sperm count.
  • Careful with hot tubs and laptops. Popping into the Jacuzzi or sauna for a few minutes won’t usually be a problem but you need to avoid prolonged periods. It is also advisable to keep your laptop on your desk or table rather than on your lap. Why? Prolonged exposure to heat can lower the sperm count.
  • Antioxidants are useful supplements. Doctors often recommend antioxidants to all male patients irrespective of whether the fertility problem is related to the man or the woman in the partnership.

Now that you understand infertility isn’t just a female problem, you will have a much better idea of the steps to take to help add to your family.