Common Sperm Problems That Cause Male Factor Infertility

Published: 16th April 2009
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Both men and women alike suffer from infertility problems. Women are usually the first to find themselves in a specialist's office, but statistics show that forty to fifty percent of couples that are experiencing infertility will have a male factor as the problem.



Common sperm problems can affect the quantity, quality and movement of a male's sperm. If a male has a low sperm count, erectile dysfunction, infection or any other health problems, that male should seek professional help to correct simple problems that could be affecting sperm counts and identify any larger problems that may be causing infertility. This is especially so if a couple has been trying to conceive for more than six months without results. In this event, both the male and female should be checked out by their doctors to identify where the infertility problem lies. In the following text, we will review the top reasons for male infertility.



Smoking tobacco or chewing tobacco is a leading cause of male infertility. When you smoke or chew tobacco, it causes a reaction in your body known as vasoconstriction, which makes your blood vessels smaller. This constriction will reduce the amount of blood flow to your vital organs, which will decrease the amount of oxygen, and nutrients that are delivered to them. If you stop smoking or chewing tobacco, you sperm count will increase within three months. Alcohol will also lead to male infertility. If you consume more than five drinks per week, you can be adversely affecting your sperm count. A male's weight will also cause common sperm problems if the male is too overweight. Being overweight will effect sperm production. Fat stores excess amounts of estrogen, which is the female hormone. If there is too much estrogen in the male body, it will cause a hormonal imbalance, which will cause major fertility issues. If a male has health problems that cause him to take any sort of medication, this could be a cause of infertility. Diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol and several other health problems require medication that will lower the sperm count of the male that has to take this medication.







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