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Numbers are hard to precisely determine(given the sensitive nature of the subject), but potentially up to fifteen percent of couples have problems conceiving a child. In approximately fifty percent of these cases, the problems with conception come from the male partner. There are a variety of causes: blockages, low sperm count, improperly functioning sperm, and several other issues all can contribute to a problem. What’s more, injury, illness, chronic health conditions, and life choices can all contribute to the problem as well. But don’t give up hope yet! There are a variety of male infertility treatment options.
How Do You Know?
The foremost sign of male infertility is, unsurprisingly, an inability to conceive a child through sexual intercourse. Often, this is the only sign there is something wrong. After all, if a male has a low sperm count, there will not likely be any other noticeable side effects.
However, there can be other side effects, in conjunction with an inability to conceive, which indicate a problem:
-issues with smelling
-other sexual function problems
-pain, swelling, or a lump in the testicles
-repeated respiratory infection
-decreased hair growth
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical help! If you have regular, unprotected intercourse over a year and are unable to conceive, with no other side effects, seek a medical professional. In addition, if you suffer any sort of groin or scrotum injury, don’t wait to seek medical assistance. It goes without saying, but the groin and the scrotum can be a sensitive area.
There are a number of potential environmental causes which can lead to a need for male infertility treatment. X-Rays, while often necessary for medical evaluation, can cause a variety of health issues if someone is exposed to them too much.
There are a number of industrial chemicals which have been shown to cause fertility problems if you are exposed to them without protective equipment. Heavy metal exposure has also been known to cause infertility.
There are too many potential medical causes to list, but, as mentioned above, illness and chronic health issues can often play a part. Hormone issues are also a fairly common culprit, given the nature of the male reproductive system.
The good news is that by treating the underlying medical issue, a fertility problem will often resolve itself!
There are a number of things at play here as well. Diet and weight can be a huge factor. Any sort of illicit drug or alcohol use can also be detrimental. Get yourself as healthy as possible, and maximize your body’s function.
If you find yourself with fertility problems, there are a variety of male infertility treatment options, dependent on the cause. If there is a blockage, for example, corrective surgery is a likely solution. Hormone therapy is a fairly un-invasive treatment for other causes, such as issues with testosterone. As was stated above, if the cause is another unrelated medical issue, then treating the underlying cause should be the primary focus.
Whatever the case, find a qualified medical professional to guide you through this trying time. A problem with male infertility doesn’t have to be the end!