Threats to Male Fertility

In order to increase the chances of having a child, both the man and woman need to be healthy. There are situations where a couple can struggle to have children, but if they are unable to conceive over a period of one year, the chances are that they are having infertility problems. Research shows that at the present time infertility affects around 10% of Americans (roughly 6.1 million people), so it is a relatively common condition. It is also a situation that affects both men and women, and 35% of all cases are due to male infertility.

Male Infertility is generally caused by a low or non-existent sperm count, malformed sperm, or problems with ejaculation.

The actual cause of male infertility can vary from person to person but in general, fertility is based on health. If you are a healthy person, the chances are that your sperm will also be healthy. There are however a number of things that can affect sperm production including nicotine, alcohol, recreational drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.

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A good diet is also very important in terms of creating the best levels of fertility. Malnutrition can contribute to infertility, and particular attention needs to be paid to getting enough vitamin c and zinc.

Diseases such as adult onset mumps and orchitis can cause male infertility, as can STDs such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. These conditions can cause serious damage to the sexual organs in men, and can actually make women permanently infertile if the condition is transmitted to them.

There are a number of medications that can be causes of male infertility. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy are well known to reduce sperm production, but less well known treatments such as ketoconazole, which is an anti-fungal medication, several antidiarrheal drugs including sulfasalazinem and Azulfidine all have an effect on the performance of the testes. Long term use of anabolic steroids is known to cause infertility through testicular shrinkage.

Testosterone deficiency caused by injury to the testicles, and abnormalities in the vas deferens, as well as medical conditions like varicose veins in the testes (varicoceles) cause inflammation in the area, which makes it too hot for the production of sperm and kills off the cells.

There are many lifestyle factors such as stress, excessive exercise, and taking part in activities that make you hot such as saunas and hot tubs can all have an impact on your body temperature, which will lower the amount of sperm that can be produced. If you work in a hot environment, or one that brings you into contact with pesticides or toxic materials such as lead, radiation, mercury and benzene, you could affect sperm production.

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