Male Infertility Causes
It is believed that over 2.5 million men suffer from infertility at some point in their lives. It is naturally very upsetting for men and can have a devastating impact on relationships especially if your partner desperately wants a baby.
There are various causes and they can range from things such as; alcohol abuse, working excessive amounts (when you are very tired, sex is less likely to be top of the list) smoking, as well as being very detrimental to your health, smoking over 20 cigarettes on a daily basis can kill sperm count and sperm motility and make a man infertile. Mumps (a somewhat rare disease these days) was thought to cause sterility in men; however it is actually extremely unusual for this to happen.
Male Infertility CausesHeat can reduce the production of sperm so men who spend a long time in an overly hot bath are at risk of becoming infertile because the testicles get overheated. Same goes for an extremely obese man, the testicles again get overheated due to the excess fat. Using a laptop on your lap for a prolonged time is also bad news as heat reduces sperm production; this explains why the testicles are outside of the body in the scrotum as opposed to in the abdomen like the ovaries are in a woman.
Having intercourse too often can unfortunately contribute to a massively reduced sperm count and so the man becomes in effect infertile. To be at your peak of fertility you should wait at least three days between ejaculating. Contrary to popular belief, frequent masturbation does not have any effect on male fertility and it will not reduce sperm count. There are other medical reasons as to why male infertility happens.
A build up of an excessive fluid around the testicle known as a hydrocele can be a contributing factor, there can also be an anatomical defect in the development of the penis. As a result, sperm cannot be deposited into the vagina during intercourse very straightforwardly.
Retrograde ejaculation, a fairly uncommon but very debilitating condition is where a man ejaculates backwards into the bladder; this is sometimes the outcome of surgery on the urethra (the outflow tube from the bladder). A rectal examination can help to establish whether the prostate gland may be a cause of chronic infection.
Such men can be helped with infertility treatment but this completely depends on the type of infertility and the severity as not all types of infertility are able to be treated.
There is hope for most kinds of fertility problems, to name just a few treatments; low sperm count can be treated with treatments such as (IVF) In Vitro Fertilisation is a very popular and commonly used treatment, as is (ICSI) Intracytoplasmic sperm injection where a single sperm from the male is injected directly into the fluid that surrounds a woman’s egg.
If fertility is down to a hormone deficiency, regular injections of human chrorionic gonadotropin (hCG) recombinant human follicle stimulating hormone (rhFSH) AKA gonadotropin treatment or gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRh) injections are administered for anything from six months to three years.