Male Infertility Causes - Possible Contributing Factors and Health Conditions
What are some possible male infertility causes and contributing factors?
Although when it comes to infertility, a lot of the tests are carried out on the female to determine any causes, there are also some common male infertility causes that can make conceiving impossible or difficult as well.
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Some of the most common causes of male infertility include impaired semen production, impaired sperm delivery, and a testosterone deficiency. This can also be referred to as hypogonadism.
Male infertility causes can be congenital, meaning that they were present at birth, or can be acquired later in life. Some other causes of male infertility are systematic diseases such as kidney disease, testicular cancer, retrograde ejaculation where the semen actually flows back into the bladder instead of out, testicular trauma, infection such as prostratitis, hormonal dysfunctions, sexually transmitted diseases, chemotherapy, a defect in the reproduction system such as anorchism, medications used to treat arthritis or high blood pressure, or varicocele.
Retrograde ejaculation is very rare, but it can cause infertility. It might result from a surgery that was performed on the bladder, or from a disease that affects the nervous system. It could also be due to a congenital defect that is present in the bladder or urethra. Some signs of this are cloudy urine after ejaculation or diminished ejaculation.
Hypogonadism can be acquired or congenital. Some causes of a testosterone deficiency include Klinefelter syndrome, a leutenizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) deficiency and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) deficiency such as Kallmann syndrome. Failure of the testicles to descend into the scrotum can also be a cause of this.
There are also some autoimmune disorders and diseases which can be contributing male infertility causes as well. Diseases such as liver disease, kidney disease, sickle cell anemia, infections of the reproductive organs, and AIDS can all have adverse affects on infertility.
Are there lifestyle, dietary and environmental factors which contribute as possible male infertility causes? Indeed, there are some behavioral or lifestyle factors that can play a part in male infertility.
Some supplements, such as anabolic steroids, for instance, can have adverse effects on fertility. A diet that is particularly low in lycopene or folic acid can make it difficult to conceive as well. Excessive exercise can lower testosterone levels and even decrease the production of sperm. Exposure to toxins such as pesticides, mercury, and lead can increase the risks of infertility.
Some things that you can avoid include wearing pants or jeans that are tight-fitting, doing activities that increase the temperature in the scrotum, such as sitting for long periods of time or holding your laptop on your lap, taking frequent hot baths, and recreational drug use.
Cutting back on alcohol consumption and not smoking are other things that you might want to consider if you are trying to conceive. You should also talk to your physician about any medications that you might be taking and what effects those medications could have on your fertility.
Even though most of the attention is focused on women and infertility, half of the time, the problem is attributed to the male. Therefore, being open to changing your lifestyle habits, or seeking professional advice if you and your partner have been unable to conceive, is advisable.
Having read about some possible male infertility causes, you can learn about how to deal with this condition by reading the other related infertility articles and pages on this website.
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