Did you know that infertility affects 10% of men. Male fertility wanes with age. If you’re over 40 you have an increased risk of infertility. Male infertility is described as an inability to impregnate a fertile female partner after 12 months of trying to conceive.
Infertility symptoms in men can be very vague and oftentimes go unnoticed until a man actually is attempting to have a baby with his partner.
The symptoms infertility are often associated with hormonal imbalances. This includes changes in hair growth like loss of scalp hair or loss of facial hair. As well as changes in sexual desire, problems with erections or ejaculation, loss of libido or sexual desire, pain, lump or swelling of testicles.
Spermatogenesis is the process of making sperm and is controlled by the hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone. It regulates pituitary gonadotropins FSH and LH.
Problems with your sperm are the main reason for infertility.
So assessment begins with a semen analysis. For the most accurate results be sure to ejaculate within a week of but not sooner than 48 hours before collection. Semen collection must be done by hand, not using a condom. It could damage sperm.
Semen is analyzed for low sperm count. Likewise, sperm that is malformed, and sperm that is not moving properly.
Blocked vas deferens, the ducts in which sperm are transported from the testicles, can cause low sperm count. Damage to the testicles can interfere with sperm production. Testes can be damaged by trauma, exposure to extreme temperatures, certain drugs, toxins and infections.
Low testosterone levels can also cause infertility. Poor hypothalamic-pituitary-testes communication can contribute to low testosterone and sperm production.
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