Male Infertility – Causes and Treatments

julie gardner asked:

When you’ve been trying to get pregnant for over a year and still nothing seems to be happening, there’s always that question. ‘Is there something wrong?’ A choice has to made as to whether testing is the road that you will take as a couple. It’s not just the woman who will be tested for infertility, it’s the man as well. Approximately 30% of conception problems is due to male infertility.

Male infertility causes

Male infertility can be caused by a number of reasons, and testing will be carried out for various problems.

The one that most people already know about is mumps. Mumps can cause testicles to swell, leading to a drop in sperm production. STD’s – Sexually transmitted diseases can cause problems with conception. Genetic illness can cause infertility. Hormone problems. Vasectomy reversal. Enlarged veins around the testicles. Cancer treatments can stop sperm production temporarily or for good. Some treatments damage the sperm producing cells. There may also be a psychological reason behind the infertility. Blockages in tubes can lead to low quantity or no sperm at all. Poor sperm motility. Malformed sperm.

There are course other male infertility causes. Recreational drugs can lower sperm quantity and quality, as can some prescribed medicines.

Smoking and drinking can also contribute towards male infertility.

Anabolic steroids can stop sperm production altogether. They may make your muscles look big, but that’s about the only plus point!

There is good news, male infertility can be treated. Sometimes you may get male infertility treatments on the NHS, or you may have to go to a specialist clinic. There are of course alternative treatments for male infertility. Some men swear by herbal treatments or acupuncture, just be sure to see a qualified practitioner.

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