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15 January 2017

Symptoms and Cause of Male Infertility

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Written by Dr Sunil Eshwar
The issues of fertility and infertility are not female specific. Male infertility is also existent. Here is a list that shows the main causes of infertility

The issues of fertility and infertility are not female specific. Male infertility is also existent. Here is a list that shows the main causes of infertility

A man’s fertility or male fertility generally relies on the quantity and quality of his sperm count. If the number of sperms a man ejaculates is low in count/sperm count or if the sperm is of a poor quality or quantity, it will be difficult for men, and sometimes impossible for men, for him to cause a pregnancy.

There are widespread causes of male infertility that are found in 40% couples. For about one in five infertile couples, the infertility problem lies simply in the male partner.

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It is estimated that one in twenty men has some kind of infertility problem for one or more reasons with low numbers of sperm count in his ejaculation. However, only about one in every 100 men has no sperm in his ejaculation.

What are the symptoms of male infertility?

In most of the cases, no obvious signs of infertility are found. Intercourse, erections, and ejaculation will usually take place without difficulty. The quantity and quality of the ejaculated semen normally appear normal to the naked eyes. Medical tests are needed to be done to find the infertility problem.

What are the causes of male infertility?

Some causes of male infertility affect either sperm production or sperm transport. Through medical testing, doctors would be able to find the cause of infertility. 

About two-third of infertile men have some problems with making sperm in the testes. Either due to the low numbers of sperm are made and/or the sperms that are made do not work properly.

Sperm mobility problems are found in about one in every five infertile men, including in those men who have had a vasectomy but now wish to have more children.

What are some common problems?

Causes of Male Infertility, Infertility

Sperm production problems

  1. Chromosomal or genetic causes
  2. Infections
  3. Torsion (twisting of the testis in scrotum)
  4. Varicocele (varicose veins of the testes)
  5. Medicines and chemicals
  6. Radiation damage
  7. Unknown cause

Blockage of sperm transport

  1. Infections
  2. Prostate-related problems
  3. The absence of vas deferens
  4. Vasectomy

Sexual problems (problem in erection and ejaculation)

Male Infertility, Infertility

  1. Retrograde and premature ejaculation
  2. Failure of ejaculation
  3. Erectile dysfunction
  4. Infrequent intercourse
  5. Spinal cord injury
  6. Prostate surgery
  7. Damage to nerves
  8. Some medicines

The male reproductive system

The pituitary gland and the hypothalamus part is located at the base of the brain that controls the production of male hormones and sperm. The testes are a pair of egg-shaped glands that sit in the scrotum down to the base of the penis. The testes generally make sperm and the male sex hormone testosterone. 

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