Male infertility is the inability to cause a pregnancy. Male infertility is often due to low sperm count. A semen analysis is often the first step in getting help. Millions of men face infertility. If your partner is having trouble getting pregnant, you are not alone. The good news is that many men with fertility problems go on to become fathers with the help of potent natural remedies. Whether you are dealing with male infertility or are a concerned partner, friend, or family member, you may have many questions. Here are the answers to some questions people commonly ask about male infertility.
WHAT CAUSES MALE INFERTILITY?
The most common causes of male infertility are related to sperm — usually problems with sperm count and the quality of that sperm. Sperm-related problems include: low sperm count; sperm that don’t move quickly enough — they die before they reach the egg;
sperm that are not formed correctly seminal fluid that is too thick — sperm can’t move around in it very easily; no sperm.
Sperm-related problems may result from too much or too little of some of the hormones that guide sperm making.
Another cause of male infertility is a problem with ejaculation. In some cases, tubes inside the male reproductive organs are blocked. If so, you may have a hard time ejaculating, or nothing comes out when you have an orgasm. Sometimes, the ejaculation goes backward from the prostate into the bladder instead of out of the body.
In some cases, there is no known reason for someone’s infertility. This is called unexplained infertility. This can be a very frustrating diagnosis. But even if you are diagnosed with unexplained male infertility, you still have treatment options to consider.
WHAT IS LOW SPERM COUNT?
Low sperm count means that the fluid (semen) you ejaculate during an orgasm contains fewer sperm than normal.
A low sperm count is also called oligospermia (ol-ih-go-SPUR-me-uh). A complete absence of sperm is called azoospermia. Your sperm count is considered lower than normal if you have fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen.
Having a low sperm count decreases the odds that one of your sperm will fertilize your partner's egg, resulting in pregnancy. Nonetheless, many men who have a low sperm count are still able to father a child.
SYMPTOMS OF LOW SPERM COUNT:
The main sign of low sperm count is the inability to conceive a child. There might be no other obvious signs or symptoms. In some cases, an underlying problem such as an inherited chromosomal abnormality, a hormonal imbalance, dilated testicular veins or a condition that blocks the passage of sperm may cause signs and symptoms. Low sperm count symptoms might include:
Problems with sexual function — for example, low sex drive or difficulty maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction)
Pain, swelling or a lump in the testicle area
Decreased facial or body hair or other signs of a chromosome or hormone abnormality.
WHAT COULD INCREASE MY RISK FACTOR?
Certain things may increase a man’s risk of infertility. They include chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer environmental toxins, like lead and pesticides excessive drug or alcohol use injury to the scrotum and testes smoking cigarettes having overheated testicles from wearing clothing that is too tight or swimming or bathing in hot water having an undescended testicle