How common is male infertility?
Male infertility is rather common. It is estimated that male infertility makes up between 40% to 50% of infertility cases seen by assisted reproduction experts.
General Issues with Sperm and Semen Quality
In the vast majority of cases, the male infertility is related to problems with the semen or sperm. This may include:
- Low sperm count
- Poor sperm motility (i.e., sperm does not swim well)
- Abnormal sperm shape
- Unhealthy sperm
- Poor semen composition
Medical Problems That Can Lead to Male Infertility
Apart from issues with overall sperm health and semen condition, there are also health problems that may make men infertile or less likely to successfully conceive. These problems include:
- Problems with ejaculation
- Erectile dysfunction
- Issues with unbalanced hormones
- Negative side effects from medications
- Undescended testicles
- Autoimmune disorders in which sperm gets attacked by antibodies
- Tumors that affect the male reproductive organs
Lifestyle Issues That Can Cause Men to Be Infertile
Lifestyle problems can also contribute to male infertility problems or feed into health issues that result in male infertility. These include:
- Obesity and morbid obesity
- Use of tobacco products
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Use of illegal drugs
- Excessive stress
- Prolonged bicycling
Environmental Factors Contributing to Male Infertility
There are also a number of environmental factors that can contribute to instances of male infertility. These include:
- Exposure to industrial chemicals
- Excessive radiation
- Overheating of the testicles (e.g., tight trousers, frequent hot tub use)
With regard to the last issue, the overheating can reduce a man’s sperm count, which also explains why bicycling for a long period of time may result in issues with male fertility.
Addressing Male Infertility with Lifestyle Changes
When it comes to lifestyle issues that affect men and their fertility, the best options to improve chances of natural conception generally involve improving general health and avoiding behaviors that are unhealthy. This means losing weight, quitting smoking, drinking responsibly, and so forth.
Addressing Male Infertility with Medical Treatment
If patients have medical health issues that cause them to experience infertility, it’s of the utmost importance that they speak with their general practitioner about their health problems. This will allow them to have their unique medical issues addressed as soon as possible, improving general wellness and boosting fertility in the process.
Assisted Reproduction Treatment Options for Male Infertility
There are numerous assisted reproduction treatment options to consider for male infertility based on the nature of the issue. This includes sperm donation as well as in vitro fertilization (IVF), one of the most popular fertility treatments avaialble today. During your consultation at our practice, we will be sure to go over these matters in more detail so that you can make the best possible decision for your needs and your situation.
Learn More About Advanced Fertility Treatment Options
If you would like to learn more about male infertility issues and all of your options for treatment, be sure to contact our New Orleans assisted reproduction and fertility specialists today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the very best results and so that you can start the family of your dreams.