What Are The Causes And Signs Of Infertility Among Men?
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While smoking, chronic alcoholism, steroid use, lack of Vitamin C and Zinc, intense exercising, tight underwear, exposure to environmental hazards and excessive stress can cause infertility. Symptoms of infertility include change in hair growth, testicular pain, change in sexual desire and shrinking or swelling of testicles.
Infertility among men is not a new thing in the medical history. However, there are quite a lot of people around the globe who struggle due to the same problem. Online reports suggest that approximately one in every five couples in the United States suffer from issues related to infertility. Of the total number of infertile couple, close to half of them are cases of male infertility. Ironically, despite the fact that infertility is also highly prevalent among men, its evaluations are conventionally oriented to women.
What Causes Infertility Among Men?
The causes of Male infertility can be traced from a variety of disorders- from hormonal imbalances to physical problems; to psychological problems. Most of the time male infertility is caused by testicular damage, which means the testicle will be unable to produce sperm. This type of infertility cannot be treated and is somewhat close to menopause although, not as natural as menopause.
Another cause that leads to infertility among men are low sperm production and poor sperm quality.
There are certain things that you must also have heard along the way related to infertility among men. Some lifestyle choices can also lead to such problem. Some of the external factors that might be accountable for causing male infertility are as follows:
- Smoking–significantly decreases both sperm count and sperm cell motility.
- Prolonged use of marijuana and other recreational drugs.
- Chronic alcohol abuse.
- Anabolic steroid use–causes testicular shrinkage and infertility.
- very intense exercise–produces high levels of adrenal steroid hormones which cause a testosterone deficiency resulting in infertility.
- Inadequate vitamin C and Zinc in the diet.
- Tight underwear–increases scrotal temperature which results in decreased sperm production.
- Exposure to environmental hazards and toxins such as pesticides, lead, paint, radiation, radioactive substances, mercury, benzene, boron, and heavy metals
- Malnutrition and anemia.
- Excessive stress
A small percentage of male infertility is caused by hormonal problems. The hypothalamus-pituitary endocrine system regulates the chain of hormonal events that enables testes to produce and effectively disseminate sperm.
A variety of physical problems can cause male infertility. These problems either interfere with the sperm production process or disrupt the pathway down which sperm travel from the testes to the tip of the penis. These problems are usually characterized by a low sperm count and/or abnormal sperm morphology. For e.g. Variocoele, damaged sperm ducts, Torsion, Infection and Disease, Klinefelter’s Syndrome, Retrograde Ejaculation, Erectile Dysfunction (ED), and more.
Symptoms Of Infertility Among Men
Infertility symptoms in men can’t be found out very easily, and even if you can find it can probably be a vague one which you can’t be sure of yourself. However, here are some of the symptoms that are related to male infertility.
- Changes in hair growth
- Changes in sexual desire
- Pain, lump, or swelling in the testicles
- Problems with erections and ejaculation
- Small, firm testicles
A visit to a doctor or a few tests should probably be a better idea if you feel that you have these symptoms.
Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.