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Male Infertility Causes And Solutions

Aug 18, 2007
There are some couples who just cant get pregnant after many tries even over a full year. When the problem is a male issue, it is usually called male infertility. Studies have shown that at least a third of the reported infertility cases are based on male infertility.

A man diagnosed with male infertility has either not enough, or unhealthy sperm.

Other reasons why a man has trouble getting a woman pregnant, besides male infertility include erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, retrograde ejaculation, or problems from penis enlargement surgery.

A low sperm volume (or none at all) can be caused by severe mumps infection, hormone problems, genetics, or an infection. It can also be caused by poor blood circulation due to tight underwear, smoking, alcohol or illegal drugs, and also by pollution.

It is also possible for a man to have abnormal sperm. Abnormal sperm is a problem with sperm motility meaning the sperm have trouble swimming and finding the egg. This can result from an injury or poor development of the testicles or a swollen scrotum. Either cause can produce excessive heat in the scrotum which can hurt the sperm production process.

If you think you are affected by male infertility, you should see a doctor right away. This is especially true if you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. A specialist can find the reason for your infertility issue and provide a treatment to fix the problem.

How A Doctor Diagnoses Male Infertility

The doctor would look at your medical history, a sample or semen and urine (to check number and quality of sperm and check for retrograde ejaculation in the bladder), and a blood test (to check for hormonal imbalances or infections). More testing is possible depending on the first results.

Male Fertility Treatments

You may wonder if there are any treatments for male infertility. Well yes, it can be treated. It is shown in research that over 50 percent of male infertility cases can be fixed. There are treatments to help the couple get pregnant, and also treatments to help the man produce more sperm.

Medications can help the man increase sperm volume, cure infections, and balance the hormones. Also you can try remedies like wearing lose clothing like boxers, and avoiding hot tubs, saunas and long hot showers.

Other treatments exist for more severe cases where the man produces no sperm at all or where medications are unusable. These treatments can be more invasive or expensive and include in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and using a sperm donor.

In vitro fertilization is a light operation which involves injecting one of the mans sperms inside the womans egg to create pregnancy.

Artificial insemination injects the sperm right into the womans fallopian tubes to make it easier for sperm to find the egg and fertilize it Before, the sperm might not have been enough or strong enough to reach and fertilize the egg.

In some cases where the man produces no sperm at all, a sperm donor can be found but this often is embarrassing or frustrating for the man as he is unable to produce enough or any sperm on his own.

Sperm Health And Volume Enhancement

Generally, sperm production and health can be improved without a single doctor visit. Men with a low sperm volume due to poor diet or lack of exercise can take herbal supplements to replace the nutrients they are missing or hormones they are not producing enough of.

Healthy sperm requires a delicate balance of nutrients in the diet and herbal dietary supplements can aid in the natural production of semen. Taking semen volume pills can help a couple get pregnant and also can provide benefits in the way of male sexual enhancement.

At the end of the day however, living a healthy life with good diet and proper exercise, rest and no drug use can go a long way towards improving sperm health and volume.
About the Author
George Watson is a popular Mens Health researcher. Read more about Male Infertility at his website, How To Get A Big Penis
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