5 Myths About Male Infertility Most Men Believe

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Important Details You Should Know About Male Infertility

Dealing with infertility issues can be heart-wrenching for couples. They have to deal with problems conceiving alongside the stigma and stress that comes with it. Recent research shows that 1/3 of conceiving cases are caused by male infertility.

What are the signs of Infertility?

The World Health Organization asserts that a couple unable to achieve pregnancy within twelve months or more despite having regular and unprotected sex is dealing with infertility issues and requires professional help.

What Causes Male Infertility?

Dr. Pallavi Prasad, a Fertility consultant at Nova IVF Fertility, Bengaluru says that any health issue that lowers the chances of their female partner getting pregnant is known as male infertility. The signs include problems associated with performing intercourse like ejaculatory dysfunction, erectile dysfunction or reduced sexual desire. Pain in the testicular area, decreased facial hair, loss of muscle mass and also abnormal breast growth are other signs that indicate male infertility.

Facts About Male Infertility

The causes of male infertility could be lifestyle related, medical or environmental.

Medical Causes

Medical issues include tumours, swelling of veins, infections, hormonal issues and undescended testicles.

Environmental Causes

If a man works in a place that exposes him to radiation it may affect his fertility. Electronics like laptops, cell phones and tablets emit harmful radiation. Placing electronic devices in the testicular area will result in male fertility issues as it overheats the testicular area.

Lifestyle Habits

Lifestyle habits also have a significant impact on male fertility. Habits like drinking and also smoking have an effect on testosterone and sperm count levels. Being overweight is also likely to cause hormonal imbalance.

Myths About Male Infertility

Age is Not A Factor When It Comes To Infertility

Most people believe that men continue to sire healthy children throughout their lives. However, with increasing age, the sperm quantity and quality are affected making it hard to impregnate their partner.

Infertility Is Only A Woman’s Problem

Most people believe that infertility is only a man’s problem which is not always the case. The fact is that both men and women face infertility issues with a third of cases facing men and another third facing women while the rest of the cases are a  shared lot.

Boxers May Prevent Men From Siring Children

A number of people debate about whether men should wear boxers or briefs when trying to sire children. It is believed that tight underwear may make it hard to maintain healthy sperm production therefore men should ditch tight briefs in favour of boxers. This is just a myth and hasn’t been scientifically proven.

Testosterone Supplements Boost Sperm Count

People believe that testosterone supplements may increase sperm count but taking such supplements may reduce the man’s ability to produce testosterone which could reduce sperm count and make your partner prone to infertility.

Fertility Does Not Affect Men’s Overall Health

Male infertility is related to many underlying health issues. Infertile men are at a higher risk of health conditions which include relationship issues and stress due to their inability to bear children. They also have an increased risk of melanoma, prostate, testicular and colon cancer.

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