Infertility in Male Persons - Causes and How to Boost Fertility in Men
What are the factors and causes associated with infertility in male persons? And what natural remedies and treatment can be used to boost fertility?
Infertility is defined as the failure of a male-female couple to become pregnant after regular and unprotected sexual intercourse for the period of one year.
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About 33% of all infertility problems are due to female insufficiencies, while another 33% is due to the male. In the remaining cases, it can be a combination or the cause remains undetermined.
Scientifically speaking, the male reproductive system manufactures sperm in tubules within each testicle. DNA is contained in the head of the sperm and, when united with the female egg's DNA, creates new life. It is the tip of the sperm head which enables the sperm to penetrate the egg. The next tiny section (mid-piece) supplies the energy the tail needs to make the whip-like movements that propel it. After all, the sperm must reach the uterus and fallopian tube to fertilize the egg.
Both sperm and testosterone production takes place (in several hundred microscopic tubes) in the testicles (accounts for 30 to 40% of infertility) contained in the scrotal sac (scrotum). Surrounding the tubules are tissue clumps where the testosterone is manufactured. The semen provides an alkaline environment from the harsh acidity of the female vagina as well as functions as the mode of transportation during ejaculation, as it is literally shot from the penis.
So what are the causes and factors associated with infertility in male persons?
Approximately 90% of all infertility in males is due to low sperm counts (sperm count of less than 20 million/mL), poor sperm quality, poor ejaculation abilities (10 to 20% of infertility takes place here), or when retrograde ejaculation occurs (instead of being shot forward, sperm is forced backwards into the bladder). Some men are born and others, through injury, experience a blockage in ejaculatory ducts that can affect fertility.
Any structural abnormalities that block or damage the reproductive structures of the man can affect fertility and cause infertility in male persons. Cryptorchidism is a condition seen in newborns where the testicles fail to descend into the scrotum.
If semen analysis reveals too many white blood cells, it could indicate an infection of the reproductive tract, which could also affect fertility. A varicocele (the dilation of a vein similar to a varicose vein has taken place) in the scrotum can also affect sperm count as well as sperm shape. These factors, too, are possible causes of infertility in males.
Zinc along with folic acid is a good sperm builder, with deficiencies leading to a reduced count and / or impotence. Low levels of selenium (helps to protect the body from free radical activity) have been found in men with low sperm counts.
L-Carnitine is an essential amino acid needed for normal sperm cell function and deficiency in this nutrient can lead to infertility in male persons. According to recent research, the higher the levels of this nutrient in sperm cells, the better the sperm motility as well as sperm count.
Another amino acid, L-Arginine, found in many foods and in the head of the sperm, is essential for sperm production in men.
Supplements of either or both these amino acids can aid in increasing not only the count of the sperm, but in the quality as well.
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