Male Fertility Problems
Male infertility accounts for up to 40% of fertility problems. However, most couples are unaware that their difficulty getting pregnant might in fact stem from a male fertility problem. Here in our section devoted to this issue, get all of the information you need to understand male infertility: the causes, the diagnosis and the treatments.
Male infertility can be caused by any number of factors, including lifestyle factors, such as: wearing tight clothes or underpants, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, drugs, stress, exposure to toxins and hormonal imbalances.
Male infertility can also be caused by immunological problems. These problems arise when the male body creates antibodies towards its own sperm either in the semen (fluid surrounding the sperm), on the surface of the sperm itself, or in the blood. This can result in poor motility – an inability to enter the cervical mucus to travel towards the egg – or problems penetrating the egg itself. Other fertility symptoms that can affect sperm is chemotherapy and diabetes. Learn more about sperm impairment and sperm delivery and get the facts you need to know about problems with sperm. Also learn more about sperm count and sperm mobility. Find out what constitutes healthy sperm.
Male fertility problems are diagnosed through a sperm or blood test. Find out how you can get your sperm tested.
Male fertility treatment includes fertility drugs or surgery.
Treatment for male infertility caused by anti-sperm antibodies can involve taking steroids that have various side effects including weight gain and depression. Assisted reproduction methods such as IVF or ICSI may also be effective in treating this type of fertility problem.
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