A look at male infertility rates and more

Male infertility is common throughout the world and estimated to be the cause of a couple’s infertility in up to 40% of all cases.

Although complex mechanisms drive male infertility, it’s often diagnosed by low sperm number or abnormal shape or motility.  This infertility can be caused by genetic, anatomical, or environmental factors.

In order for a man to protect his fertility, it is important to be aware of the factors that can affect male fertility.  A recent article highlighted a number of factors and treatments related to male infertility:

Infections.  STDs and some other infections can cause obstructions in the vas deferens, which will impede the movement of sperm.  Surgery may be required to fix this problem.

Trauma.  Injury to the testes can lead to a low sperm count.  Fertility therapies such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection or in-vitro fertilization may help isolate healthy sperm for egg fertilization.

Swellings.  Varicoceles, the swelling of veins that drain the testicles, can cause a reduction in sperm count due to high temperatures.  Surgery can often correct this condition.

Heat.  High groin temperature from tight underwear or other exposures to heat can lead to a decrease in sperm count.  Avoid sources of groin heat such as hot tubs, long bicycling, or tight briefs.

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