17th September 2015
There is a large degree of ignorance when it comes to the reasons for infertility in men. Males that are fully functioning sexually find it difficult to imagine that their side of a physical relationship might be to blame if a pregnancy does not occur. There is a great deal of information out there about fertility and females but little is common knowledge about infertility in males, but the truth is, male infertility accounts for about a third of all infertility cases.
There are two main explanations for male infertility: sperm quality and issues delivering the sperm.
Problems with sperm quality or in delivering the sperm has a number of possible causes, such as diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, tight underwear, certain activities and lifestyle choices. Other reasons may include certain medical conditions like neurological disorders and diabetes, which are quite rare.
Male fertility is complex
Like female fertility, male fertility is a complex subject.
In order to impregnate a female, men must produce healthy sperm and that sperm must be successfully carried into the semen. There also has to be enough sperm in the semen to have a chance of conception, but it doesn’t end there – the sperm must be viable, meaning it has to be functional and able to move in order to reach the egg. If any aspect of these requirements fails, male infertility may occur.
So, what causes male infertility? Here’s a look:
- Sexual dysfunction. Trouble developing or maintaining an erection, premature ejaculation, pain during intercourse, or even psychological problems that interfere with sexual intercourse can all contribute to male infertility. The good news is, these issues are typically easily treated with medications and therapy.
- Varicocele. Varicocele is the most common reversible cause of male infertility. It is the swelling of the veins that drain the testicle, which may prevent normal cooling of the testes. If the testes are not properly cooled, a man may experience low sperm count and reduced quality sperm.
- Defects in the sperm ducts. Sperm ducts are the tubes that carry semen and they can be damaged by injury or infection. If the sperm ducts are blocked or damaged, infertility is often the result.
- Ejaculatory issues. Retrograde ejaculation is a condition when semen enters the bladder during orgasm rather than emerging from the penis. Some diseases, spinal injuries, medications, and prior surgeries might cause this. This may often be corrected with surgery.
- Infection. Some infections and diseases can interfere with the quality of sperm or stop sperm production and in some cases can even cause scarring that blocks the passage of sperm during intercourse. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, prostatitis, and mumps may all contribute. If permanent testicular damage has occurred, sperm can often still be retrieved.
- Sperm-attacking antibodies. Sometimes, though rare, the man’s body produces anti-sperm antibodies that mistake sperm as infectious cells.
- Lifestyle choices. A number of lifestyle choices can also contribute to male infertility. For example, men that participate in extreme horseback riding or bicycling may experience infertility. Smoking, drinking, a poor diet, and use of illegal drugs can also damage sperm quality or inhibit sperm production altogether.
Of course, there are other factors that may lead to male infertility, so an in depth discussion with a doctor is always suggested. The fact remains that many causes of male infertility are treatable and having a family is possible for most men that have such a problem.
We now have CRGH Men a specially designed pill for men who want to boost their fertility. The ingredients contain antioxidants that improve the quality of sperm. These are sold at the clinic.