What is Infertility?
Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse.
Approximately 40-50% of all infertility cases are due to male reproductive problems. We often attribute infertility to female issues, but men and women are equally susceptible to infertility. Studies show that sperm count has declined by 50% in the last 40 years.
Factors Lead to Male Infertility:
There are several factors lead to male infertility, such as:
● Sperm DNA fragmentation- When oxidative stress and other factors jumble up the sperm DNA
● Sperm DNA decondensation- Some powerful antioxidants when unfolding the DNA inside the sperm so it cannot zygote
● Low testosterone levels or hypogonadism
● Sperm inability to swim through the female reproductive tract or sperm immobility
● Low sperm count
● Sperm lacking the ideal shape and size to meet the egg To overcome male infertility, you have to assess your semen for the factors mentioned above. Performing an at-home analysis of your semen can be more cost effective than visiting a lab but either is required.
Multiple Factors to Examine Sperm:
It is imperative that he sperm be examined for multiple factors. Sperm analysis will analyze :
● Volume—Analyze if you produce enough semen
● Count—The count of healthy sperm
● Concentration—To check the number of sperm per millimeter of the semen
● Motility—The sperm count of healthy and active sperm
● Morphology—The structure and size of the sperm to check if it can fertilize the egg
It is recommended that a man experiencing infertility have his semen tested every 3 months for changes, or every 30 days if receiving treatment.