Male Infertility - Health Center

Male Infertility

By Refadoc, Posted on : Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 10:46 am IST

Male Infertility - Overview

There are numerous reasons which lead towards infertility in men. All around the world around 10 to 20% couples suffer from infertility. Infertility is not solely an issue for women; it affects men equally as well.

Male infertility is known to be the reason for nearly one third of the infertility cases all over the world.

The Causes for Male Infertility

Among the major reasons which are responsible for male infertility, some are as follows:

  • Varicoceles: The major reason for male infertility could be due to the tangling of the varicose veins in the scrotum which leads to an increase in the temperature within the scrotum. The heat generated has a negative impact on the sperm production and could lead to male infertility.
  • Blockage: Due to blockage in any part of the reproductive system which leads to the delivery of the sperm such as the epididymis or the vas deferens, infertility could be caused.
  • Medications: Medications such as anabolic steroids are known to be associated with infertility in men.
  • Low Sperm Count: A low count of sperms could be one of the major reasons for the infertility in men.
  • Sperm Problems: In many cases, the sperms are either abnormally shaped or tend to move in an abnormal way which can lead to male infertility.
  • Medical Problems: Medical problems such as kidney failure etc could be linked to infertility.

Major Symptoms of Male Infertility

There are no majorly known signs and symptoms associated with male infertility. However, in some rare cases the symptoms such as delaying of the puberty, lowering of the sex drive, and decrease in the volume of body hair as well as muscle weakness could be associated with male infertility.

Diagnosis of Male Infertility

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for a long period of time and have been unsuccessful, it is recommended to see a doctor regarding it. A general examination which checks the medical history and contains some tests can be done to check the person for male infertility.

Semen Analysis is one of the best ways to determine male infertility. In this, the sperm is checked in the laboratory for the determination of the number and the quality of the sperms. The minor blockages in the reproductive system can be easily treated with the help of a minor surgery.

In some of the other cases reproductive techniques such intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization could be used in order to help you and your partner to get pregnant.

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