Causes of Infertility : Male Fertility2023-04-26T15:36:10+00:00

Male Fertility

Male factor infertility can be caused by a variety of factors

Male Fertility

Male factor infertility can be caused by a variety of factors

Indications Male factor infertility includes:

Low sperm count

Also known as oligospermia, this condition occurs when the number of sperm in a man’s semen is below normal.

Abnormal sperm shape or structure

Also known as teratozoospermia, this condition occurs when sperm have abnormal shapes or structures, which can make it difficult for them to fertilize an egg.

Poor sperm motility

Also known as asthenozoospermia, this condition occurs when sperm have difficulty moving properly, which can make it difficult for them to reach and fertilize an egg.

Varicocele

This is an abnormal dilation of the veins in the testicles that can cause damage to sperm and can lead to infertility.

Erectile dysfunction (ED)

Men with ED may have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, which can make it difficult to ejaculate and produce semen.

Hormonal imbalances

Hormonal imbalances such as low testosterone levels can affect sperm production and lead to infertility.

Genetic disorders

Certain genetic disorders such as Klinefelter syndrome or cystic fibrosis can cause infertility in men.

Environmental factors

Exposure to certain chemicals or toxins, such as pesticides or heavy metals, can also affect sperm quality and lead to infertility.

It’s worth noting that in some cases, the cause of male infertility may be unknown. A thorough evaluation by a reproductive endocrinologist or urologist is recommended to determine the cause of infertility and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

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FAQs

Can semen parameters fluctuate from week to week?2023-06-19T20:10:26+00:00

Can semen parameters indeed fluctuate from week to week? Various factors can influence the quality and quantity of sperm in semen, leading to variations over time. Here are some potential reasons:

  1. Abstinence Period: The length of time between ejaculations can affect semen volume and sperm concentration. Longer periods of abstinence can lead to higher sperm counts but may also increase the proportion of sperm that are morphologically abnormal or less motile.
  2. Lifestyle Factors: Factors such as stress, diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, and drug use can all impact semen parameters. For example, excessive alcohol or substance use can negatively affect sperm production and function.
  3. Illness or Infection: Illness, especially if accompanied by high fever, can temporarily reduce sperm count and quality. Some infections can also impact semen parameters.
  4. Heat Exposure: Exposure to heat (like in hot tubs, saunas, or through keeping a laptop directly on the lap for extended periods) can increase the temperature in the scrotum and impair sperm production, leading to temporary reductions in sperm quality.
  5. Medication: Certain medications can affect sperm production and function, leading to changes in semen parameters.
  6. Hormone Levels: Fluctuations in hormone levels can impact sperm production. For instance, testosterone levels can have a direct impact on sperm production, and these levels can fluctuate based on a variety of factors.
  7. Age: While this doesn’t account for week to week fluctuations, it’s important to note that as a man ages, there can be a gradual decline in semen quality.

Remember that semen analysis at a single point in time can give a snapshot of a man’s fertility, but because sperm parameters can fluctuate, sometimes multiple tests are needed to get a more accurate picture. If you have concerns about semen parameters, it’s a good idea to discuss these with your fertility expert who can offer advice tailored to your situation.

What about environmental male factors?2022-12-01T14:39:32+00:00

Many researchers believe environmental causes explain an ongoing decline in make infertility. Exposure to toxic substances can be harmful, as can exposure of the genitals to elevated temperatures (such as with hot baths, whirlpools or steam rooms), Also problematic is in-utero exposure to Diethylstilbestrol (DES), a synthetic form of estrogen, the female hormone. Finally, men facing the burden of a cancer diagnosis should be aware of the negative effects on fertility of medical treatments such as surgery or radiation.

Behavioral male factors

A higher risk of male infertility is tied to unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, using alcohol or illicit drugs, and being overweight. Other behavioral factors are having certain past or present infections or taking medications for ulcers, psoriasis, depression or high blood pressure.

Get help with male factors

Infertility challenges are frustrating, but we can address all the factors associated with male infertility. Call us today at (602)765-2229 or email us at info@ivfphoenix.com to learn more and get tested. We’ll give you all the information and assistance you need to achieve your goal of starting a family or adding another child.

What are Male Infertility Risk Factors?2022-12-01T14:39:03+00:00

Infertility isn’t solely a women’s challenge. At IVF Phoenix ™ we want you to understand male infertility factors, which account for half of all cases, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Sperm disorders – the most common male infertility factor

Difficulties making healthy sperm can cause male infertility. There may be too few sperm or sperm may be immature, abnormally shaped or unable to swim. Several causes of sperm disorders are commonly reported in men who experience male infertility.

  • Infections or inflammatory conditions such as having the mumps after puberty
  • Hormone or pituitary gland irregularities
  • Immune problems that generate antibodies against sperm
  • Genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis or hemochromatosis
  • Erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation
  • Men who have had groin injuries or surgeries either as an adult, or when they were children
  • Men who have taken anabolic steroids, most notably testosterone

Structural or inherited male factors can cause issues

Anything blocking the genital tract can hamper the flow of semen. Some items that our fertility specialists or urologists look for:

  • A history of a sexually transmitted disease that causes infection or inflammation
  • Scar tissue from surgery or twisted or swollen veins in the scrotum
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Treatment for seizure disorders
  • Any trauma to the testicles, or a prior vasectomy or major abdominal or pelvic surgery
  • A history of undescended testicles
  • Medication history, most notably the use of testosterone
  • Being born with a fertility disorder or having a blood relative with a fertility disorder
  • Certain medical conditions such as tumors or chronic illnesses such as sickle cell disease
Many individuals assume that the term “fertility” relates specifically to women.2022-12-01T14:38:29+00:00

However, nearly one-third of all infertility cases are related to male factors such as low sperm concentration, poor motility, and abnormal sperm shape. While some men require treatment for their infertility, there are a number of things you can do on a daily basis to boost your male fertility naturally.

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